Issue No. 413 - 7 May 2009
It's your money, your city, your place – you decide!
Voting has started in Referendum '09 and the response rate has so far topped 22% of eligible voters. If you haven't voted yet there is still time with voting closing on Thursday, May 21, at 5.00pm.
Residents are being asked to vote on six questions in Referendum '09:
Which spelling would you prefer for our city and district -
Should the Visitor Information Centre be relocated to Moutoa Quay/Riverfront?
Should a small levy be imposed upon all businesses and households for the purpose of promoting Wanganui nationally – as a residence and a place to visit?
Should the council see Energy Direct, the retail trading arm of Wanganui Gas?
Should the council transfer ownership of part or all of its pensioner housing complexes?
Which average rates increase for 2009/10 do you consider to be in the best interest of our community?
All of the questions in Referendum '09 have an impact on everyone in Wanganui. Make sure you have your say and vote in Referendum '09. Further information about Referendum '09 can be found here.
There is also time to make a submission on the Draft 10-Year Plan 2009-2019. See details below.
Have your say on the
Draft 10-Year Plan 2009-2019 & Referendum '09
The Wanganui District Council has prepared its Draft 10-Year Plan 2009-2019 – and now you have the chance to have your say.
The Draft 10-Year Plan is open for public submissions from 14 April 2009 until 21 May 2009.
A Draft 10-Year Plan Summary will be posted to everyone registered on the Wanganui electoral roll. This document outlines the key information in the Draft 10-Year Plan.
Referendum '09 is being held in conjunction with the Draft 10-Year Plan consultation. Voting papers, and a reply-paid envelope, will be included in the pack posted to registered voters in late April.
Issues for Referendum '09 include:
If you want more detailed information about the Draft 10-Year Plan 2009-2019, copies of the plan are available:
Submissions can be made in the following ways:
Post to: Draft 10-Year Plan Submissions, Wanganui District Council, PO Box 637, Wanganui
Please remember to include your name, contact details and whether you want to speak about your submission at the hearings on June 2 and 4.
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions.
Submissions close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 21 May 2009.
Hunt for storybook characters with Wanganui District Library
On Saturday, May 9, Wanganui District Library is holding its Annual Storybook Character Hunt to celebrate New Zealand Post Book Awards week.
Meg the Witch has cast a spell which went wrong and 27 of her friends have been scattered all over Queens Park. Meg needs your help to find her friends – all characters from popular storybooks. You might find yourself distracted along the way by blowing huge bubbles with the Wizard of Oz, or sharing your afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter (bring your own to share). Read more (PDF, 1.6MB)
This is the third Storybook Character Hunt run by the Library and last year more than 260 people participated. So come along and join in this free fun-filled event - everyone is welcome. The Hunt starts at 2.00pm in the Library Courtyard (or if it's raining in the sound shell in Victoria Avenue).
Have your say
Draft Heads Road Cemetery Management Plan
Plaques and Memorials Policy discussion paper
The Council has resolved to carry out consultation on the Draft Heads Road Cemetery Management Plan and the Plaques and Memorials discussion paper.
The Council invites the public to provide feedback on the two documents.
The objective of the Draft Heads Road Cemetery Management Plan is:
The objective of the Plaques and Memorials Policy discussion paper is:
The consultation period is 30 April 2009 to 30 June 2009.
Submissions are welcomed and should be addressed to:
Other methods of delivering your submission:
If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Clive Aim at Wanganui District Council, phone (06) 349 0001 ext. 8102 or email Clive Aim.
Details of the following vacancy are available on this page:
PA to Finance & Corporate Services Manager/Deputy Chief Executive
Glass Art Auction
Fundraising for Hospice and Wanganui Festival of Glass. Read more (PDF, 54KB).
Upcoming Council meetings
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Wednesday, May 13 (Committee Room 2, 4.00pm)
Community Development – Tuesday, May 19
Finance and Infrastructure – Tuesday, May 26
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 3.00pm 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.