Marlborough District Sustainable Living Info
To become a registered user of this website from an address within Marlborough District use the link above - then you can download the learning guides for free! The Council has a wealth of useful infornation on its own website, too. Start at their sustainability education webpage, or explore topic by topic below, which includes MDC links, along with other sources. The topic headings match the learning guides, from our downloads page. At August 2014, we have published an introduction, food, gardening, and waste minimisation, soon to be followed by five more topics.
Download a PDF booklet on '30 ways you can make a positive difference for the environment' in Marlborough.
Gardens and backyards for food and nature
Celebrating what’s special about Marlborough native plants and animals (biodiversity)
Bringing tui back into town
Directory of plants ‘gone wild’ which are now pests in this region.
Download to save or print ‘Plant me instead’ a PDF guide to garden alternatives to these pests.
Food choices & shopping
Marlborough Farmers Market (Oct to May, Sundays, at A&P Park, Alabama Rd, Blenheim)
Marlborough Community gardens & allotments, Ralph Ballinger Drive, off Budge St, Riversdale. Ph. Neville 03 579 1947 or Tina 03 5793599
Map showing which day the kebside recycling happens in your part of the district (turn on Legend for key to colour coding)
Latest on what you can recycle in Marlborough and where.
The Re-use Shop (open 7days) & salvage yard (Weds to Sun), Wither Road East, Blenheim.
Worm composting to handle kitchen waste, & make liquid fertiliser and wormcast for use in gardening. (Or download this info as printable PDF) See also info on conventional composting in Marlborough gardening sction above.
Community resilience and emergency management
Natural hazards in this region.
How to 'get ready and get thru' emergencies.
Quake recovery unformation.
Soil liquifaction risks in Blenheim
Energy efficiency - reducing power bills
Energy Efficiency info from the Council. Includes info on insulation and solar water heating.
Home insulation service providers page and frequently asked questions in Marlborough.
High Power Bill? Ask CAB for advice on reading it, on changing suppliers and payment options.
Building and renovations for warm, dry homes
Solar water heating: financial help and suppliers.
Advice on domestic wood-burners.
Water use and our impacts
Rivers and streams including their ecology.
Rivers information line, e.g. for flooding info. is 03 520 7488.
Book on Groundwater in Marlborough (PDF).
How to enter water meter readings on-line, for permit holders.
Getting around Marlborough
Maps - Marlborough facilities and attractions (can zoom in)
Topographic map of region.
Public toilet locations mapped.
Road speed limits being reduced (news item)
Car pooling to reduce commuting costs.
Download PDF - accident blackspots & safer driving routes, from ACC.
Bus routes map within Blenheim.
Walking and cycling maps across region.
Spotted a road pothole, unsafe footpath, missing sign? Use the Fixit Request Form at MDC website.
Extra info sources - Marlborough
Environmental Education at MDC.
Enviroschools in Marlborough (28 of these, of whch 12 have food gardens)
Community volunteers and council habitat restoration projects. (contacts listed)
Citizens Advice Bureau (Blenheim)
Community information database : search by keyword.
Safe Community project Marlborough