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News in briefs, March 19, 2024

Weekend police

Police were called to a car crash yesterday in which a single vehicle collided with a powerline pole at the intersection of Johnstone St and Colombo Rd in Masterton at about 10am. Police received no reports of injuries and the road was “cleared soon after”. Police also arrested one person at a commercial property on High St in Solway after the person was “acting disorderly” at about 9.25am yesterday.

Email update

A brief in Friday’s Times-Age about a Masterton District Council workshop at GROW community gardens on how to grow vegetables in a portable raised garden included an incorrect email address. Anyone wanting to attend the workshop on Saturday, April 6, from 9.30-11.30am, can book at [email protected]

Gambling policy

Feedback on proposed changes to the Wairarapa Class 4 Gambling and Standalone TAB Venue Policy is closing soon. Masterton District Council would like people’s feedback on the proposals to ensure the policy reflects the views of the community. Consultation closes on Friday, March 22 at 4.30pm. More info is available at www.mstn.govt.nz

Fire season

The entire Wellington region, including Wairarapa, remains in a prohibited fire season where no open-air fires are permitted. The Masterton Fire Brigade was called to a small smouldering fire that was believed to be a campfire at about 2.30pm yesterday in Lansdowne. A Fire and Emergency spokesperson said the crew were tasked with ensuring it was properly extinguished and wanted to remind people that campfires are considered illegal during a prohibited fire season. Fireworks are also banned during the prohibited season, with a potential penalty of $300,000 or two years imprisonment upon conviction.

Climate fund

Applications are now open for MDC’s community climate fund. Grant applications for amounts from $2,000 to $20,000 will be assessed against criteria based on the themes and goals in the Climate Action Plan with a focus on four action areas; community empowerment, circular economy, 20-minute town, and climate resilient district. More info is at https://www.mstn.govt.nz/

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