DAERA launch of Consultation and Litterpick at Ligoniel Dam

Five Students from St Dominic’s were invited to attend Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA) consultation phase of their environment strategy in the Belfast Hills on Wednesday 18th September. During the event students participated in a litter pick at Ligoniel Dam, other environmental organisations including Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and Belfast Hills Partnership were present. A BBC new film crew and photographers were there to record the event and Conor Macauley, BBC Environmental Correspondent interviewed students on their views about what needs to be done for the environment. David Small, CEO of DAERA, wanted to find out student’s opinions about environmental issues as part of the consultation phase. This gives young people have a real opportunity to feed in to the consultation process of this strategy. Three of our students (Holly Bone, Ciarrai Culbert and Blaithin Drain) are involved in ‘Our Bright Future’ run by Belfast Hills Partnership. Ciarrai is their youth ambassador and has travelled to Westminster in March 2019 and has also spoken to local politicians. Anyone who is interested in giving their opinion should visit and record their opinion on DAERA website, download a response template from the DAERA consultation website or reply by e-mail to: esni@daera-ni.gov.uk

All responses should arrive no later than 5pm on 23 December 2019. Before you submit your responses please read the “Freedom of Information

Act 2000 - Confidentiality of Consultation Responses” section below, which gives guidance on the legal position. If you require any further information, contact Lisa Frazer on 028 9056 9497. https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations/esni-public-discussion-documen