Issue No. 374 - 31 July 2008
Council initiatives to stop boy racer problems in Parsons Street
In a move to combat problems caused by 'boy racers' who gather at the Parsons Street Lookout, the Council is undertaking a number of initiatives in that area.
At its June 30 meeting, the Council made the following resolutions which were all carried unanimously:
That the Liquor Ban Area be extended in accordance with section 20.1.2 of the Wanganui District Council Consolidated Bylaw, to include all public places within the area highlighted on the attached map (to the Bylaw) with the legal description of PT RSL TN of Wanganui, described as and including streets, footpaths, carparks, parks and reserves within the area bounded by and including upper Parsons Street, boundary line between Fergusson Street residential zone and Council (Victoria Park) Reserve, bounded by but not including London Street from Glasgow Street to Victoria Avenue and Great North Road from Victoria Avenue to Parsons Street
And that the Council sites a mobile CCTV camera at the Parsons Street Lookout.
That the Parsons Street Lookout be closed after dark
And that a 'knee-breaker' fence be installed along the grassed reserve area parallel to Parsons Street together with a gate/chain arrangement across both entrances/exits to the Parsons Street Lookout.
The liquor ban, which encompasses the lookout area, applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
By installing a 'knee-breaker' fence along the grassed area fronting Parsons Street and using a gate/chain at the entrances after dark, boy racers will no longer be able to access the lookout area at night.
Wanganui Festival of Glass
19 September to 5 October 2008
Building on the success of last year's event, the second Wanganui Festival of Glass is being held throughout September and October this year.
Mainstreet businesses will again be showcasing work from students, emerging and established glass artists during the festival. The displays of a diverse range of glass artworks will create attractive shop windows to delight visitors and local people.
There will also be exhibitions at the Sarjeant Gallery and Alexander Library, as well as hot glass demonstrations, open studios with local artists and a glass information centre on Mainstreet.
Last year's festival attracted a significant number of visitors to the city as well as providing an inspiring event for local people. It is estimated that the glass sector contributed over $350,000 to the Wanganui community during 2007. The festival is a significant event for the glass sector and highlights Wanganui's growing reputation as a centre for glass excellence. The festival runs from September 19 to October 5 at various locations around Wanganui.
For more information phone Raewyn Roberts on (06) 349 1863 or visit www.wanganuiglass.com.
A bus trip to Wellington
Rita Angus & other exhibitions
Saturday, August 23
Organised and hosted by your friendly Sarjeant Gallery team, this trip promises to be a rewarding art experience.
It will be from 7.30am to 7.30pm on Saturday, August 23. During the day, you will visit:
Rita Angus: Life & Vision at Te Papa – an exhibition documenting the art and life of one of New Zealand's most significant & best-loved artists. It brings together nearly 200 works from over four decades, including well-known portraits and landscapes and reveals the themes of identity, spirituality and nature that are central to Rita Angus's vision.
Amazing Lace at Pataka Museum showcases historical lace alongside contemporary reinterpretations in modern materials by 14 New Zealand artists, including Jeff Thomson, Emily Wolfe and Emily Siddell.
Sharing Stories – Textiles from around the world looks at the stories of textiles brought to New Zealand through a mixture of migration, inheritance, commerce, chance and the souvenir shopping of the New Zealand traveller.
Fiona Hall: Force Field at City Gallery – a dynamic exhibition of forms as diverse as photography, botanical illustrations on banknotes, meticulously carved sardine tins, knitted videotape and intricately beaded sculptures.
Bookings with payment to the Sarjeant Gallery by August 16. The cost is Sarjeant members $50, non-members $60. For further information, phone the Gallery on (06) 349 0506.
Community organisations working within the Wanganui District are advised that applications for Community Contracts for the 2008/2009 financial year (July 1-June 30) are now invited.
The closing date for applications is Monday, 11 August 2008, at 5.00pm.
The Community Contracts programme provides funding to community organisations which provide service initiatives that:
There is $80,000 of contestable funding available for the 2008/2009 year. Please note that the Community Contracts Fund is separate from the Impact Fund which supports initiatives that attract visitors and deliver a significant economic impact to Wanganui, and deliver sustainable programmes that raise the national profile of Wanganui.
Community organisations interested in Community Contract funding can obtain a specific application form, explanation notes, guidelines and criteria at:
Thinking of applying?
Thinking of applying and not sure you meet the criteria? Please contact Keith Smith or Marion Gibbard at the Council, phone 349 0001, for further information.
Details of the following vacancies are available on this page:
Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer
Proposed amendment to
the Wanganui District Council Speed Limits Bylaw 2005/1
The Wanganui District Council is proposing to amend the Wanganui District Council Bylaw 2005/1 to include a variable 40kph speed limit on Mosston Road between Tayforth Road and Buxton Road to operate during student arrival and departure times to provide a safer environment for schoolchildren.
We welcome your comments on the proposed amendment to the Speed Limit Bylaw. A Statement of Proposal and a submission form are available at the Council's Customer Services Desk.
You can make a submission by completing a submission form or you can make a verbal submission by phoning us on (06) 349 0001 (8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday).
If you have any queries, you can contact the Council on (06) 349 0001 or email us.
Submissions must reach the Wanganui District Council no later than 5.00pm on Friday, 29 August 2008.
Public notice of proposal to establish
a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO)
for the provision of Local Authority Shared Services
The proposal is that Wanganui District Council becomes a shareholder in a Manawatu-Wanganui region Local Authority Shared Services CCO and that the form of the CCO is a limited liability company.
There will be seven shareholders, with a director from each local authority and up to three professional directors to supplement the expertise of the chief executives and the local authority directors. The councils involved are Horowhenua District Council, Manawatu District Council, Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council (Horizons), Rangitikei District Council, Ruapehu District Council, Tararua District Council and Wanganui District Council.
A Statement of Proposal, a Summary of the information and the proposal are available from the Customer Services Desk at the Wanganui District Council Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street, and also at the District Library, Queens Park, during normal opening hours; and on this page.
Submissions are invited on the proposal.
Submissions may be made on the submission form available from the Customer Services Desk at the Wanganui District Council or the District Library, Queens Park.
Post submissions to:
Or deliver to:
Fax to: (06) 349 0000
Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 22 August 2008.
Upcoming Council meetings
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Council – Monday, August 11
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held in the Council Chamber, 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.