Issue No. 509 - 10 March 2011
Creative opportunities in Wanganui
March is a busy month for the arts in Wanganui, with a number of events and opportunities for artists and organisations.
Sculpture Wanganui 2011
The winner will receive $50,000 to construct and install their winning sculpture at a location pre-determined by Wanganui District Council.
This year's Sculpture Wanganui event will also be accompanied by a symposium entitled 'The place of Public Sculpture in Suburbia - the Decentralisation of Public Art'. The symposium takes place on May 9-10.
For details about Sculpture Wanganui 2011 click here.
Creative Communities funding
If you've got a creative arts based project and you'd like to find out more about available funding you can attend one of our free Creative Communities funding workshops held at the Gonville Café Library Community Room, 44 Abbot Street, Gonville. Workshops take place on Thursday, 17 March 2011, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm and Wednesday, 30 March 2011, from 10.00am to 12 noon.
For more information about Creative Communities funding contact Don Hunter, Arts Co-ordinator, phone 349 0001 ext 8415 or email.
Applications close at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 6.
Whanganui Artists Open Studios
The Open Studios event has received funding from the council's Impact Fund. For more details about the Whanganui Open Studios click here.
Bushy Park Festival
The Bushy Park Festival is taking place on Sunday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The event was originally due to take place in January but was postponed due to torrential rain.
There will be around 50 stalls with food, crafts, jewellery, jams and sauces, clothing, garden art and more, plus a great line-up of entertainment.
Visitors will be entertained by The Riverfolk, Jazz Connection, The Conrays and the Brass Wanganui Auxiliary Band as well as tumbling displays by the Wanganui Boys and Girls Gym Club.
There are special activities for the children as well, with Lasersport, a bouncy castle, candle making, magician and Myrtus Star and Strawberry the Clowns attempting the most amazing balloon sculpture!
Tickets cost $10 for adults, with children under 15 free. All ticket holders go in the draw for a return flight for two to Australia, kindly supplied by Air New Zealand, plus a range of spot prizes drawn throughout the day.
The Bushy Park Festival has received funding from Wanganui District Council’s Impact Fund. The Impact Fund supports projects which will generate significant economic benefits to the Wanganui city and district.
Wanganui Rural Community Board and Scion invite you to attend a presentation by Scion in the Council Chambers, 101 Guyton Street, 7.00pm to 9.00pm on Tuesday, 15 March 2011.
Scion is a Crown Research Institute dedicated to improving the international competitiveness of the New Zealand forest industry and building a stronger bio-based economy.
Presenting will be Dr Trevor Stuthridge, Group Manager, Sustainable Design; Graham West, Scientist and Project Leader, Intensive Forest Systems; and Dr Tim Payn, Principal Scientist, Theme Leader, Forest Productivity.
The presentation will cover some new developments at Scion including:
If you wish to attend please contact Diana Doyle, phone 349 0543 ext 3006, or email.
For further information email Marianne Archibald.
Waste Minimisation Fund 2010/2011
Applications are invited from community groups, organisations and businesses for the Waste Minimisation Fund for the 2010/2011 financial year (July 1-June 30).
The WMF has been set up to boost Wanganui’s performance in waste minimisation by increasing resource reuse, recovery, recycling and decrease waste to landfill.
Only projects that promote or achieve waste minimisation are eligible for funding.
The WMF is made available by the Wanganui District Council from landfill levy money it receives from the New Zealand Waste Authority.
Organisations interested in WMF funding can obtain an application form, explanation notes, guidelines and criteria from Wanganui District Council, Customer Services Counter, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, and the Davis Central City Library, Queens Park.
Click here for Waste Minimisation Fund Policy 2010 (PDF 35kb)
Thinking of applying and not sure whether you meet the criteria? Please contact Stuart Hylton or Robyn Butler, Wanganui District Council, phone 349 0001 for further information.
Temporary road closure
Dublin Street Bridge will be closed to normal vehicular traffic on Sunday, 13 March 2011, and Sunday, 20 March 2011, between 7.00am and 5.00pm. The road closure does not affect the cycleway/walkway which will remain open.
The road closure is to enable necessary repairs to the bridge deck and the application of a new chip seal surface.
Sunday, 27 March 2011, will be used in the event that poor weather prevents completion of the programmed works.
Road users are requested to follow the signposted detours whilst the closure is in operation. The bridge will be able to be re-opened for emergency services.
Shakespeare Road, Wanganui
Shakespeare Road will be closed between house numbers 16 to 32 to normal vehicular traffic from 9.00am to 3.00pm on Monday, 21 March 2011, or if wet on Wednesday, 23 March 2011. This is to enable the removal of nine poles.
Access to properties will be provided to each side of the work area. The road will be able to be re-opened for emergency services. Road users are requested to follow the signage whilst the closure is in operation.
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Low water pressure in Castlecliff, March 16
The Castlecliff water main between Cameron Road East and the end of Manuka Street will be shut off on Wednesday, March 16, to enable the connection of a new water main in Westmere Road.
As a result consumers in Castlecliff may experience low water pressure between 2.00pm and 8.00pm on Wednesday, March 16.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Hearings and Regulatory – Thursday, March 10 (2.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Council Extraordinary – Monday, March 14 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Tuesday, March 15 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Hearing by Independent Commissioner – Thursday, March 17 (11.30am, Committee Room 2)
Youth – Monday, March 21 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Discover Wanganui – Tuesday, March 22 (10.00am, Committee Room 2)
Infrastructure and Property – Tuesday March 29 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
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.