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Miri City Council eyes hosting ‘Love Our River’ conference in 2019
Posted on : 25 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneopost Online

Yii cuts the ribbon to unveil the banner, marking the launch of the ‘Riverine Adoption Programme’ at Kampung Wireless in Miri.

MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) plans to hold the ‘Love Our River’ conference next year.

According to Miri mayor Adam Yii, the conference would serve as an avenue for local authorities across Malaysia as well as those from other countries to share their experience and information on river cleanliness and rehabilitation efforts.

“It (organising the conference) is still under planning stage. We are looking forward to receiving more input from the conference, which would be used by the council to uplift Miri River – benchmarking it against the Melaka River, the Singapore Waterfront and the Cheongyecheon Riverstream in Seoul, (South) Korea.

Volunteers load bags of rubbish into a boat during the river clean-up programme.

“We hope that through the presentation of river rehabilitation project – including the implementation approaches and budget – would at least give us some ideas on how to conduct effective management of Miri River rehabilitation,” he said at the launch of the ‘Riverine Adoption Programme’ at Kampung Wireless yesterday, which also introduced the ‘Love River Work Party Programme’.

On the riverine adoption programme, Yii said Kampung Wireless had been selected by MCC for the pilot project.

It is learnt that the programme is being implemented under the council’s ‘Love Our River’ Campaign.

“Various reports by the newspapers and social media regarding Miri River and our beaches, which have been polluted by solid waste – particularly plastic items – have jeopardised the good image of the city.

“As an effort to address this problem, MCC has taken the initiative of running the ‘Love Our River’ campaign,” he said.

This campaign would be implemented in collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGO), village security and development committees (JKKKs) as well relevant agencies such as Miri Resident’s Office, Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB), Natural Resources Environment Board (NREB), Department of Environment (DOE), Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), Fire and Rescue Department, Health Department, and Miri Local Agenda 21 (LA 21) – among many other organisations.

The pilot project, Yii said, would be conducted with a local NGO, the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Miri Zone – which had been given the trust to implement activities together with the villagers of Kampung Wireless.

“The work party today represents the ongoing effort to ensure the area is totally clean.

“It would be conducted once a week – or at least once a month – and the MCC would provide logistics support for the work party like garbage trucks, gunny sacks and other assistance,” he said.

At the same time, Yii said the MCC would enhance the publicity on its ‘Love Our River Campaign’ to further raise public awareness on the importance of ‘loving our rivers’.

Two-hundred-and-one volunteers who took part in the work party yesterday collected rubbish weighing 2,162.4kg .

The group from National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK) collected the most number of rubbish – at 500kg.

Miri Health Department also conducted a series of public talks on rabies and dengue yesterday.