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Published: 2007-03-06 00:00:00

People working to repair and protect our region’s land, streams, rivers, lakes and harbours are invited to attend a networking field day at Lake Kaituna on the outskirts of Hamilton on Tuesday March 13.

Organised by Environment Waikato in conjunction with the Hamilton Fish and Game Club and Kaituna Landcare Group, the field day is an opportunity for groups to share their successes and struggles, discuss current issues and find out more about the help that is available.

“This is a great opportunity for care and environmental community groups throughout the region to share ideas and learn from each other,” said Environment Waikato sustainable agriculture coordinator Bala Tikkisetty. “Our intention is to make this an annual event.”

Care groups are partnerships between the community, and district and regional councils. They vary in size from less than 10 to more than 100 people, depending on the problem.

Care groups carry out fencing and planting near rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands and harbours. Their work helps to keep our waterways clear of sediment, stabilises stream banks and lessens erosion on unstable hill slopes. The improvements they make provide wildlife with better habitat, and people with healthier, more attractive surroundings.

Around 40 care groups in the region have been sent letters telling them about the networking field day, but Mr Tikkisetty encouraged anybody involved with an environmentally-focused community group to go along.

The day will start at 9.30am at the Horsham Downs Community Hall and run to 1pm. Lunch will follow.

If you would like to attend, register your interest with Bala Tikkisetty by calling Environment Waikato’s freephone 0800 800 401.