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Friday 10th November

Representatives from over 14 community organisations will be apart of the Safer Communities Precinct at tomorrows CHB A & P Show.

The organisations are all part of the Safer CHB group, who work together to maker the district a safer place to live.

They include Police, St John, Fire and Emergency NZ, Plunket, Roadsafe Hawke's Bay and Connecting for Youth Employment.

People will be able to take away information, as well as participate in activities and have the chance to win prizes.

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"Stepping Back In Time" is the theme for this year's Central Hawke's Bay A & P Show.

Early events began yesterday, and continue today, with people's day tomorrow.

Gates will open to the public from seven in the morning, with many popular events returning including the Top Team competition, terrier racing and the shearing and woolhandling competition.

Those who took part in the recent Great CHB Trolley Derby can take part in the Derby Cart Revenge event, which is a new feature of the show this year.

The bullriding competition will be held tomorrow night, with gates opening at 5pm.

Full details are available on the website www.chbshow.co.nz.

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The CHB District Councils' "Big Water Story" continues today and tomorrow.

Mayor Alex Walker, Councillors and Council staff will be at The Atrium building in Waipukurau from 9am - 3pm today, and at the Show all day tomorrow.

Alex Walker says wastewater, stormwater and drinking water are all big issues for the district.

She says the Council have heard some eye opening stories from the public so far.

Ms Walker says there are a number of pressures on our water networks from Central Government regulations, changing climate patterns and changing expectations about how water is managed.

Flyers were delivered to households this week, and the Council is keen to get public feedback on the #bigwaterstory.

Meanwhile the Council had a very good response to its offer of free dog microchipping in Otane last weekend.

Mayor Alex Walker says dog ranger David Styles microchipped around 20 dogs.

She says the offer was well taken up, and is designed to give everybody the opportunity to get the dogs microchipped so Council can identify them and to make it easier if they are lost.

Council staff will be at the Takapau Market tomorrow.