Home Briefs: Plastic bag station for dog owners

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Plastic bag station for dog owners

Residents near Goodlink Park can look forward to a cleaner neighbourhood with a new initiative to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.

Yesterday, MP for Nee Soon GRC Lee Bee Wah launched a plastic bag station (above) at Goodlink Park playground for residents to deposit extra plastic bags which can then be used by dog owners when they pick up after their pets.

"If they do forget to bring plastic bags when walking their dogs, they can go to these stations and pick up one," said Ms Lee, adding that more of such plastic bag stations may be rolled out if the response from residents is good.

A "smoke-free" initiative was also launched yesterday at some areas in Nee Soon South, including Goodlink Park playground and Springside Park. Smoking is now no longer allowed in these areas and those who do so may be fined up to $2,000.


Greener landscape for Bukit Panjang

Bukit Panjang residents can now enjoy a greener landscape with more flowers, shrubs and trees in their neighbourhood.

A total of 42 trees, 70 coconut palms and 33,820 shrubs have been planted along a 1.9km stretch of Bukit Panjang Road in the last year. Plant species include the Flaming Beauty shrub and the African Mahogany tree.

To date, over 200 Lakka palms - a signature plant of Bukit Panjang - have also been planted in Bukit Panjang Town.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Vivian Balakrishnan,

Bukit Panjang MP Teo Ho Pin and Holland-Bukit Timah GRC MP Liang Eng Hwa attended the launch with more than 200 residents and volunteers yesterday.

Carolyn Khew

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2015, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe