Streets in Timberlea were a hive of activity on Saturday June 20 as residents cleaned up, creating safer, healthier home environments while connecting with their community in the process.

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 22 June 2015— Streets in Timberlea were a hive of activity on Saturday June 20 as residents cleaned up their neighbourhood. Tonnes of rubbish was recycled or sent to landfill from the Timberlea Street Clean Up.

The street clean up was an opportunity for local residents and organisations to work together towards creating safer, healthier home environments through the removal of waste and recyclable goods. Residents had the opportunity to remove household clutter, garden waste, and other potential hazards from their homes. Recycling was encouraged with Earthlink providing volunteers and electronic waste recycling bins. Save Mart donated clothing bins while CompostNZ and Upper Hutt Bin Hire contributed to the successful removal of tonnes of waste from homes and gardens.

“Together Our Place (TOP) Timberlea is all about connecting friends and whanau and bringing residents and neighbours together to create a strong, healthy, vibrant and safe community. The successful street clean up is just one example of residents turning these goals into reality”, says Nga Powhiri Webster, Community Projects Coordinator for Upper Hutt City Council.

As part of the TOP Timberlea Safer Communities project, Upper Hutt City Council, Timberlea Community House, Safe Hutt Valley partners, residents and community groups volunteered their time for the street clean up.

Earlier this month Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council and the Lower Hutt Police marked the beginning of the first phase in the three year CCTV upgrade project in Hutt City.

The upgrade includes four new monitors, new recording equipment, a new video management system and a larger office for police and volunteers.The equipment is monitored by a dedicated team of trained volunteers, who give up their time to support the safety of our city.

The camera network will increase from 29 cameras to an estimated 44 cameras throughout the Hutt City region over the next three years. There will be a replacement of old equipment at the end of its operational life, and the introduction of new cameras to the network. This project is joint venture between Hutt City and Upper Hutt City Councils, and the Police – these strong partnerships are essential for our community’s safety and wellbeing.

Despite these strong partnerships, residents still need to be aware of what’s happening in their neighbourhoods and support one another.