Free skips supplied

Rubbish skips will be distributed around the Saddle Hill Community Board catchment this weekend in the hope neighbours will reconnect.

Board chairman Scott Weatherall said the board paid for four skips from its discretionary fund and rubbish could be dumped in them between Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon.

The skips would be at the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club, the Robinson Memorial Hall in Ocean View, the Island Park Golf Club in Waldronville and the Fairfield Community Hall.

The skips were being provided in the hope neighbours would ''reconnect'' by helping each other dump the rubbish.

So if a natural disaster occurred, the community could help each other more easily.

''We are pretty fortunate in our community as most people know each other but, if they don't, then we want people to connect with someone they don't know by giving them a hand.''

The skips were provided in ''good faith'' only for residents in the board's catchment and Mr Weatherall hoped people would bring rubbish by the bag, not trailer-load.

Otago Metal Industries provided subsidised skips for the community clean-up, Mr Weatherall said.

• Any community group in the board catchment needing a ''financial hand up'' should apply to the board by its next meeting on May 1, Mr Weatherall said.

• Mr Weatherall said the cartoon walrus painted on a Brighton Rd bus shelter near Scroggs Hill Rd would remain.

The board asked for more community feedback, after two residents complained about plans to paint over the walrus.

As no more feedback was received, the walrus would be repainted as part of a Keep Dunedin Beautiful initiative.

''The walrus will continue.''

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