Issue No. 464 - 29 April 2010
Riverfront area consultation under way
Wanganui District Council is currently undertaking an ongoing communication and consultation process to develop a concept for the whole of the riverfront and "old town area" of the city.
An initial concept plan for the riverfront has been developed to be used as a starting point for the consultation exercises and to encourage people to consider a range of ideas and opportunities.
The consultation process started in February when interested parties met in the Council Chamber to hear about the council's vision for the riverfront area.
Mayor Laws sees the process as "a historic opportunity to remake the centre and the living heart of Wanganui". The first major part of this is the development of the new Visitor Centre, due to open in mid-September this year.
The consultation is asking people to consider all aspects relating to the riverfront area including:
The Shaping Wanganui project (review of the District Plan) is also under way. The District Plan is required to be reviewed every 10 years.
Phase 1 of Shaping Wanganui is currently taking place involving businesses, community groups and all interested parties in the CBD and riverfront areas. The review is being undertaken through meetings with invited groups and public meetings. This phase of the review is expected to be completed mid-May.
Findings from this part of the review will feed into the riverfront concept plan and consultation exercise.
Have your say
We want to hear what local people think about the best way forward to develop the riverfront area.
If you'd like to have your say come along to one of our public meetings at:
Wanganui East School hall - Monday, May 10, at 7.00pm.
Tram will play important role
Mayor Michael Laws says that the shifting of the tram shed from its current site to another riverfront location will not affect the tram's future operation.
Council had advised the Tramways Trust from the first instant that its current siting was temporary. This had been reinforced on a number of occasions.
"The tram shed and the tram operation will definitely be on the riverfront. Its final siting is likely to be nearer the 'PS Waimarie' and linked with the new Antiquities Trust. Then the tram tracks can be laid and a route agreed upon."
Can you help?
Park bench theft – information sought
Wanganui District Council and the Wanganui Police are appealing for information about the theft of a park bench from the reserve on the corner of Carlton Avenue and Anson Street.
Senior Cr Randhir Dahya said it is the second bench to be stolen from the reserve in the past eight months.
"Someone must have seen some activity taking place there," Senior Cr Dahya said.
"The bench was bolted to a concrete pad so it would have taken some work to unbolt it and more than one person would have been needed to carry it. The benches are distinctive – they can't be bought in the usual retail outlets so are easily identifiable.
"Council provides parks and reserves, and facilities on them, for the benefit of the whole community. It is appalling that these facilities are being targeted by thieves.
"Every time vandalism of this kind happens the cost for replacement falls to ratepayers so everyone pays for this kind of crime.
"I urge anyone with any information about this incident to get in touch with the Police."
Contact Wanganui Police, phone (06) 349 0600.
Have your say
Reserves Noise District Plan Change consultation
The Wanganui District Plan has rules about noise levels from parks and reserves.
The Council is considering making changes to these rules to make better provision for special events such as the biennial Masters Games.
You are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss this matter.
When: 7.00pm on Tuesday, 4 May 2010
If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please contact Louise White, phone (06) 349 0543 ext. 8091.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
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 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.
Submissions close 14 May 2010.
Details about the following vacancies are available on this page:
Senior Systems Engineer
The Wanganui District Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Youth – Tuesday, May 4 (Council Chamber, 4.00pm) (please note change of date)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Wednesday, May 12 (Committee Room 2, 4.00pm)
Community Development – Tuesday, May 18 (Council Chamber, 3.00pm)
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.
Meeting postponement - Council Extraordinary meeting
Meeting cancellation – Hearings Committee – May 6