Join the Twizel canal clean-up

The Upper Waitaki water zone committee is encouraging locals and visitors to get involved in the Twizel canal clean-up on Saturday, 20 November.

reusable picnic bag.

Join the canal clean-up and receive a reusable picnic bag.

Committee members are taking part in the working bee, which will see litter cleared from the area and they’ll also be giving each person who takes part a Love Our Lakes re-usable bag for their efforts.

Event details

When: Saturday, 20 November | 8.30am

Where: Meet outside Jake’s Hardware in Twizel, Saturday, 20 November.

A number of organisations and companies have donated spot prizes which will be given out during the event. Volunteers will also be able to enjoy a barbecue lunch. 

For more information and updates on the Twizel Canal Clean-up, follow the event on Facebook.

Community support

Committee chair Simon Cameron said the annual event is well supported by the community.

“It’s always so encouraging to see how many people give their time and energy to this initiative,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to taking part again this year and seeing the difference it makes in tidying up the area,” he added.

Friendly reminder

Simon said the event also serves a good reminder for people to use rubbish bins, and not dump their litter.

“It’d be quite nice if we didn’t have to do this and people used the bins provided like they are supposed to,” he said.

“We hope this encourages people not to leave their used goods for others to pick-up,” he added.

Simon said cans, bottles and fishing equipment are just some of rubbish they typically find lying around. 

Why it’s important

Part of the reason the clean-up is so important is to protect both water quality and the habitat for wildlife that lives in the waterways of the area. The region has many lakes including the glacial-fed lakes of Tekapo, Pukaki, Ohau and Alexandrina that lie behind moraines and the artificial hydro lakes of Ruataniwha, Benmore and Aviemore

The committee has done a lot of work on looking after the lakes as part of its promotional campaign, Love Our Lakes. It encourages recreational lake users to respect the special environment by taking actions like being responsible with their rubbish, using the toilets provided, washing clothes and dishes away from the water and stopping the spread of pests.