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WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is on the hunt for new Youth Environment Council members.

Facilitator Jake Brookie says they are looking for Youth Councillors who have ideas that can inspire their peers and who can make these ideas happen.

He says it is hoped that each member will lead a project in their secondary school, whether it is an environmentally themed day of activities, forming a school environment group, promoting recycling or engaging with the Board of Trustees.

Interested secondary school students can find out more on the 'Hawkes Bay Youth Environment Council' Facebook page or by looking at the Hawkes Bay Regional Council website.

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$1460 has so far been donated to a Givealittle page which has been setup to support local firefighters.

Waipawa's Kaye Harrison, who setup the page, said our local fire fighters have been frantically busy for the past few weeks fighting fires all over Central Hawkes Bay.

She said the men & women are all volunteers, who at a moments notice are called at all hours of the day and night to fight fires, along with other emergencies.

Kaye has set the page up to raise enough money to send firefighters away for a relaxing weekend, or an afternoon tea shout for all including their employers.

The Givealittle page is entitled "Celebrating our local heros".

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Local residents are being asked to ensure their homes are fire safe.

Principal Rural Fire Officer for Hawke's Bay, Trevor Mitchell, says it is important to protect homes by making sure roofs and gutters are clear of dead leaves, debris and pine needles as these can create fuel for a fire.

He says people should also move anything that could burn, such as mulch, leaves and firewood piles, away from exterior walls, decks or porches.

Mr Mitchell says homes should also have a fire plan.