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Last days to have your say
14 Apr 2015
This is the last week to have your say on our draft Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025, submissions close 5pm Friday 17 April. “This is a chance for people to influence the direction Council will take and what we do over the next 10 years,” says Mayor Meng Foon. “Our consultation document, Tairawhiti First! 2015 – 2025 outlines the key projects and strategies Council propose to deliver and we want to hear what the community think of these plans,” “Last year Council asked our community about what you wanted for our district and we received a considerable amount of feedback from a series of meetings and through social media.” “People told us they wanted us to look after our environment and improve the health of our waterways and to continue to build more cycle and walkways, “All while keeping rates low. The proposed plan outlines an average 2% increase in rates for the next 3 years, as well as changes to how rates are set. Napier City Council proposes 2.9% for the next financial year and Whakatane District Council 3.6%. “While keeping the increases low we are still able to accomplish a lot,” says Mayor Foon. An average of $13 million more in funding has been allocated to environmental projects. “We’re proposing to restore native plants and species at Waingake and Titirangi and allocating money now for freshwater plan projects,” “Overall, Council propose to put more resources towards safeguarding our environment and people need to tell us if they support this in the plan or not,” says Mr Foon. A number of major capital projects are also proposed, including the Waipaoa Flood Control Scheme, Wetlands and a Wastewater Reduction Programme. “We think the proposed plans show the commitment to protecting our environment and investing in our community.” Walking and cycling is another major component in the plan with more than half of submissions received supporting safer links for travelling to school and educating children. The plan outlines routes for completion within 6 years, 12 years and longer term. “Our plan is a complete long term package and we’ll be applying to NZ Transport to help us fund the routes.” “We’re considering a junior learn to ride park and bikes in schools programme and need to know if the community supports our investment in these,” Many of the major projects are significantly funded by grants or other income. “Over the life of the Long Term Plan $95m of Council funding by rates, loans or reserves will be spent on our major projects but $184m is spent on upgrading and maintaining what we already have.” The community can expect the similar or better levels of service in public amenities, parks and in the city centre. Mayor Meng Foon has been travelling the district presenting the plan to local residents at a series of community meetings. “The meetings give us a chance to talk about the area you live in and what plans there are in your community and how they fit in the bigger picture,” says Mayor Meng Foon The last meetings are on this week at Makauri School 5.30pm on Wednesday, Tiniroto Community Hall 5.30pm & Waerenga-o-Kuri Hall 7pm on Friday. Make a submission[sitetree_link,id=4194] to have your say on what you support or oppose in the plan Read more >>
Changes proposed for new developments
13 Apr 2015
The draft Development Contributions Policy is open for submissions in the draft Long Term Plan. “Under the draft policy we will continue to charge new development, new houses and new or bigger commercial and industrial buildings, to fund additional infrastructure needed to support that development,” says special projects manager Kim Smith. “Currently all serviced areas pay the same uniform contribution rates, but the draft policy has 3 important changes.” “We are considering changes to the way charging areas are mapped, and reducing charges in the middle of the city where little additional infrastructure is needed. But would increase charges at the fringe of the city such as the Taruheru Block, Lytton West area and for industrial land around Aerodrome Road, Dunstan Road and MacDonald Road." Currently it costs nearly $7,500 (excl GST) for each new house that receives all services including water, wastewater, stormwater, reserves and land transport. Under the revised mapping system the figure would drop to just under $4000 for the middle of the city but increase in fringe areas like the Taruheru Block (over $15,000) and the Western industrial and Areodrome Road areas (nearly $13,000). “The changes to the policy better directs the cost of new infrastructure to those that will use it. “We would welcome feedback on these options.” Developments outside the Gisborne urban area will no longer have to pay development contributions - currently they pay contributions for land transport. A process is also proposed for considering requests for remissions for development activities that provide benefits to the public. Read more about the proposed changes[sitetree_link,id=4194#UDS] to the policy. Submissions close 5pm Friday 17 April 2015. Read more >>
Stay off the Kaiti Hill road
10 Apr 2015
Pine harvesting on Titirangi Reserve, Kaiti Hill has begun but members of the public are not following road closure safety measures despite warning signage, cordon tape and patrolling security. “The walking tracks are still open and accessible from the port side of the hill,” says acting planning and development manager Geoff Canham, “But the road is closed to the public for their safety.” A number of pedestrians have slipped past roaming security and traffic control since the road access at Queens Road and Titirangi Drive were closed on Wednesday. “Machinery, trucks and tree felling can present a danger and we need to make sure people are being safe.” “Anyone using the walking tracks needs to refrain from going onto the roadway,” says Mr Canham. “If we are still seeing people using the road going into the weekend we may need to close the reserve to the public entirely.” “The closure is only in place until harvesting is completed in about 3 weeks’ time, this is much less time the 6 weeks we originally planned for, “We ask for patience and cooperation from people using the tracks. The reserve will be fully open again as soon as possible.” Harvesting is due to be complete by Friday 1 May. Here's more information about the harvest or restoration project[sitetree_link,id=4024] Read more >>
Soldier returns to Cenotaph
9 Apr 2015
The solider will return to his vantage point on top of the Cenotaph tomorrow Friday 10 April, with a blessing at 10am – weather permitting. “The public are welcome to attend the blessing and watch as the solider is re-positioned back on top,” says project manager Kylie Cranston. A crane will be onsite from 8.30am for the soldier to be loaded and raised into position within a secure cage to protect the soldier and line up the fixtures. New foundations have been installed and the plinth was straightened and strengthened with corrosion proof mateen framing from Pultron Composites to give the soldier a stronger base. Once the cage is removed, the statue will be connected with shaft rods and then bolted to the internal steel frame. The reinstatement of the soldier is the last piece of the restoration project. Work is on track to be completed ready in time to celebrate the centenary of the Anzac landings in Gallipoli on Saturday 25 April. “Landscaping work is also underway which includes, new lighting, new pavers and bollards and adjoining a new riverside cycle and walkway,” says Ms Cranston. The Cenotaph was unveiled on the same day in 1923 to honour our district’s servicemen who fell during the First World War, and remains a tribute to those who’ve fought and died in wars since. Read more >>
Fined for sewage discharge
6 Apr 2015
Results from water testing on the southern end of Wainui Beach confirm the water is safe for swimming and surfing. An unintentional discharge of wastewater into the Wainui Stream on Sunday 29 March led to warning signs being placed at the stream and beach access points advising no swimming or gathering of food. Read more >>
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