Issue No. 462 - 15 April 2010
Family fun at Kowhai Park – and don’t forget your teddy bear!
The Wanganui Lions Club is holding a teddy bears picnic in the iconic park – so bring the family, your teddies and a picnic rug for a great day out.
There'll be a bouncy castle, face painting and free rides on the beetles and the Tot Town railway between 12 noon and 4.00pm. A sausage sizzle will be running from midday until 2.30pm, followed by the teddy bears picnic, which includes story telling and prizes.
The new Kowhai Park toilets will also be officially opened on the day by Mayor Michael Laws, who will cut the ribbon at 2.30pm.
The toilets have undergone a major redevelopment and now offer a family friendly facility. The original toilets have been gutted and relined and a new domed roof put on the building to ensure the structure is weather tight. The floor level has been lifted and a new seating area has been placed in front of the facility.
Both the mens and ladies toilet areas are now fitted out with baby-changing facilities at the Mayor's request. Both toilet areas have a fully accessible toilet. In the mens toilet there are also junior height urinettes.
The toilets will be locked at dusk to reduce the risk of vandalism. They will be cleaned three times a day during the week and four times a day during weekends.
Senior Cr Randhir Dahya is looking forward to the event. "Wanganui is lucky to have so many premier parks for our community to use. Kowhai Park offers a great place for families to come and relax and have fun together."
"The new toilet facility will benefit all visitors to Kowhai Park, and will ensure both Mums and Dads have a dedicated space to change their babies' nappies."
The exterior of the toilet block is not completely finished. It is awaiting around 20 large circular panels which will form a colourful mural around the building. The mural is being created by students from Aramoho School who are working with the Education Officer at the Sarjeant Gallery to create the panels which will feature colourful, playful and "arty" insects. It is anticipated that the mural will be completed before the end of April.
If the weather is wet the event will be postponed.
Check out our Pound Pooches on-line
Wanganui District Council has recently launched 'Pound Pooches' on-line, giving people the opportunity to check out dogs in the Pound currently looking for a new home.
The council's website features a photo of each dog, together with details about the costs of adoption, a professional's opinion about the nature of the dog and the type of environment it is suited to.
The pound pooches section will be updated each time a new pooch becomes available. Anyone interested in viewing a pooch they see on the site can visit the pound between 12 noon and 1.00pm Monday to Saturday.
To adopt a pound pooch, you must be over 16-years-old, have an adequately fenced property to contain the dog and be able to pay adoption costs.
Pound pooches can be viewed by clicking here.
Check out what's on at the Sarjeant Gallery this month
Current visitors to the Sarjeant Gallery will be able to view a range of exhibitions by local and international artists, up until 23 May 2010.
The Sarjeant Gallery is undergoing a period of building maintenance from May 24 to June 19 and will be closed to enable work to take place. The work will involve the gallery floor being sanded and re-varnished.
In order for this to take place the front of house area, offices and library will be cleared and artworks removed from the gallery. Once the work is complete then everything will need to be reinstalled in time for the annual Whanganui Arts Review.
Current exhibitions include:
Kay Walsh - When Time Slides by Slowly
Kay Walsh arrived in Wanganui in December 2009 to undertake a three-month residency at Tylee Cottage. Wanganui-born and currently London-based, Walsh has been overseas for more than 20 years. Walsh combines video, photography, sound and text to draw attention to the detail found within the commonplace - the everyday.
Scott Eady - Lost at the Bottom of the World
New work from Dunedin-based sculptor Scott Eady, including a boat named Hannah, Clouds and a Money Train.
Floriferous: Flowers gathered from the Sarjeant's collection and beyond
A diversity of works ranging from 19th century botanical drawings through to contemporary New Zealand photography.
The Sarjeant Gallery is open Monday to Sunday, 10.30am to 4.30pm. Entry is free.
Inaugural Wanganui sculpture event to put city on international arts map
Proposals close April 16
Wanganui District Council is calling for proposals for site specific sculptural works to be permanently sited along the riverside walkway and Somme Parade shared pathway (pictured), for the inaugural Sculpture Wanganui 2010 event.
Sculpture Wanganui 2010 is offering a first prize of $35,000 for the construction and installation of a permanent sculptural work. 'People's choice' and runner-up prizes may also be offered.
The event runs between September 25 and October 11.
Cr Nicki Higgie, spokesperson for arts, is excited about this new event in the Wanganui arts calendar.
"Sculpture Wanganui 2010 offers artists a new and exciting opportunity to exhibit their work in a fantastic location. It has the potential to become the best Australasian sculpture event and will be a major focus for arts in the city.
"The riverfront area is undergoing a redevelopment with a new Visitor Centre opening later this year. This area will become a bustling hub for both visitors and locals alike. Public art, in the form of sculpture, will enhance the area further and underlines council's commitment and support for the city's thriving arts scene.
"We are hoping that the event will attract a large number of entries from across the country and internationally. Over time we will create a significant body of work that will become a visitor attraction in its own right and have international significance."
Call for proposals
Written submissions should describe the conceptual intent of the proposed work, dimensions, proposed materials, engineering requirements and calculations. Scaled concept drawings and a maquette of the proposed work should also be included. An up-to-date portfolio is also desirable.
Proposals should be sent or delivered to Don Hunter, Sculpture Wanganui 2010, Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui.
For further details about the competition contact Don Hunter, Arts Coordinator, email Don Hunter, phone (06) 349 0001 ext 8415, mob 027 289 6479.
Proposals must be received by midday on Friday, 16 April 2010.
Have your say - draft Annual Plan 2010/11
The Wanganui District Council has prepared its draft Annual Plan 2010/11 and now it's time for you to have your say.
The draft Annual Plan is now open for public submissions until 14 May 2010.
A draft Annual Plan Summary will soon be delivered to all households. This document outlines the key information in the draft Annual Plan. It will also tell you how to make a submission.
If you want more detailed information, copies of the draft plan are available:
Submissions can be made in the following ways:
Post to: Draft Annual Plan Submissions, Wanganui District Council, PO Box 637, Wanganui 4540
Please remember to include your name, contact details and whether you want to speak about your submission at the hearing on May 31.
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions.
Wanganui District Council is seeking tenders from suitable contractors for cleaning the public toilets.
Tender documents will be available from 9.00am on Wednesday, 21 April 2010.
Tender documents can be collected from the Wanganui District Council Customer Services Counter at 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, during normal working hours (8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday).
Tenders close at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 8 June 2010.
Details about the following vacancies are available on this page:
Children's Book Champion
Team Member Children's Services
The Wanganui District Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Wanganui District Councils' Forestry Joint – Tuesday, April 20 (Committee Room 2, 2.00pm)
Council – Monday, April 26 (Council Chamber, 3.00pm)
Youth – Monday, May 2 (Council Chamber, 4.00pm)
Hearings – Thursday, May 6 (Committee Room 2 – time to be confirmed)
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.