Issue No. 140 - 7 February 2004
Durie Hill's special attractions

Looking for something to do this weekend? Visit Durie Hill to experience some Wanganui history and a facility that is unique in New Zealand.

The Durie Hill pedestrian tunnel, located opposite the Whanganui City Bridge, leads to the historic Durie Hill Elevator.

Built in 1919, it is the only earthbound elevator in New Zealand and one of only two in the world. A pedestrian tunnel leads 205 metres inside the hill to the elevator which rises 66 metres. The elevator is open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Sunday and public holidays 10.00am to 5.00pm.

A walkway offers an alternative route via the 191 steps up the hill.

Two viewpoints are located at the top, one (the orange tower) above the elevator's machinery room and the other on the nearby Memorial Tower.

Built from fossilised shell rock dated at more than two million years old, the 33.5 metre Memorial Tower has 176 steps leading to the viewpoint. It offers excellent views of the city, Mts Taranaki and Ruapehu and the Tasman Sea.

At Your Service - Pensioner Housing

The Council provides pensioner housing to ensure quality housing is available for the elderly who have limited financial resources.

We own and rent out 275 pensioner units in 16 separate complexes in different parts of the city, as well as 34 relocatable granny flats. The Council provides limited welfare assistance to the tenants.

There are 233 single (including three for disabled tenants) and 42 double pensioner units. Fourteen units have carports; approximately half have off-street parking. Gardens and lawns are maintained, outdoor lighting is provided and garden rubbish is removed. Most units have implement sheds. A community centre is provided at the Eugene Crotty complex. A welfare officer visits each tenant at least four times a year, or more if required, to assess any welfare needs.

The Council also has 26 single and eight double granny flats that can be relocated to a family member's property and removed when no longer required. (Spare flats can be used for other purposes).

The occupancy rate is around 90%.

The units and flats are available to those who can demonstrate limited financial resources, are over 60 years (or 55 years if there are surplus units) and can live independently.

The service is monitored via a three-yearly occupant survey and other surveys as required.

There is no ratepayer charge for pensioner housing. The rentals for the units and granny flats are:
Single $65 per week
Double $77 per week

Note: The rentals are set to cover costs and are approximately 27% of the Government benefit for the elderly.

Further information is available from Rosemary Hovey, Community Development Manager, phone 349 0001, email Rosemary Hovey, or Martha Hourigan, Rentals Officer, phone 349 0540, email Martha Hourigan.

Information about all of the Council's services is available in the At Your Service booklet available from Customer Services and the District Library, and on the Services pages of this site.

Fantastic opportunity to promote your company and
own the naming rights for the new Wanganui Recycling Drop Off Centre

The new Wanganui Recycling Drop Off Centre, which is due to open from 1 April 2004, needs a name.

The Council is calling for expressions of interest from companies or organisations interested in becoming the principal sponsor for the site and owning the naming rights.

Naming rights would ensure your company is promoted, seen and mentioned at the forefront of all signage, advertising and media coverage the centre will attract. We expect more than 100,000 visits a year to the centre - with your name on it!

Being associated with an environmental community project such as this would generate significant goodwill and exposure for your company.

If you are interested in this opportunity and want more information, contact Stuart Hylton, Wanganui District Council, phone 349 0001, or write to PO Box 637, Wanganui.

What's on in and around Wanganui

February 7: Lions 40th Anniversary Carnival Day
Venue: Kowhai Park.

February 7: Marton Shearing Sports
Venue: Marton Memorial Hall. 8.30am. Shearing and wool handling competition.

February 7: Rivercity Markets
Venue: Wanganui Racecourse. 8am-1pm.

February 7-8: Regional Marching Competition
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Cooks Gardens. Saturday, 12noon; Sunday, 9am.

To February 8: Friendship Force of NZ Conference
Venue: Wanganui Function Centre. 20th anniversary conference.

February 8: Star FM Oceanview Speedway - Ray Purdy Memorial Production Saloons
Venue: Oceanview Speedway, Landguard Road. 2pm.

February 9-13: NZ Clubs Men's Outdoor Bowls Competition

Throughout February:
A wide range of exhibitions at the Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui Regional Museum and other galleries.

More information about things to do in the Wanganui District is available from the i-SITE Wanganui Visitor Centre, 101 Guyton Street.

Drums needed

Wanted: Any empty 60 litre drums.

If you can help, please phone Wanganui District Council Customer Services on 349 0001.

Vacancies

Building Inspector, Environmental Services
Applications close 4pm, 20 February 2004

Property Projects Officer, Parks & Property Business Unit
Applications close 27 February 2004

Meetings diary

Committee Day Date
Works and Transport Tuesday February 10
Council (Council Chamber) Monday February 16

Unless otherwise noted meetings are held at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2, 1st Floor, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.

Agendas are available at the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, and the Wanganui District Library two working days prior to the meeting.

The Council welcomes members of the public to attend its meetings.

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