Issue No. 78 - 30 November 2002
Castlecliff Coastal Reserve Management Plan Review
Intention to review Management Plan
You are invited under Section 41 of the Reserves Act 1977 to send written suggestions on the proposal to review the Castlecliff Coastal Reserve Management Plan.
Copies of the plan are available at the Wanganui District Library and the Customer Services Desk at the District Council Offices at 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui. The Council is keen to review the plan at this time for the following reasons:
The Council is keen to hear from both individuals and groups on these and any other issues. A series of formal consultation meetings will be undertaken in February and March 2003, particularly with key groups. Individuals and groups are also welcome to make input prior to this.
Send your suggestions by 31 March 2003 to:
Welcome to South Beach
As part of the land management for South Beach, a simple guiding fence has been erected between the parking area and the beach. The guide fence allows safe passage for beach users to the beach without needing to compete with vehicles.
A sign has also been erected that explains the value of the coastal dune environment at South Beach referring to the ecology, recreation opportunities and the impact that recreation vehicles have on the South Beach dunes.
Do you drive in the South Beach dunes?
Beaches and the sand dunes are under increasing pressure as the demand for recreational space continues to grow. The Wanganui District Council has been considering for some time how it should respond to the use of vehicles in the South Beach dunes. These sand dunes are important but fragile land forms. The Council, together with the Department of Conservation and Regional Council, is seeking ways of preserving the dune environment by controlling off road vehicle use.
Off road vehicles are causing sand dune blowouts which are now affecting the airport area as well as destroying the local ecology. To preserve these natural land forms, the Council is looking at various options for off road vehicles.
In particular, the Council is looking for willing landowners to consider leasing, on a permanent or temporary basis, land that may be suitable for off road vehicles.
If you think your property could be used for off road vehicle recreation then we want to know
Registration of Interest from landowners
The sand dunes at South Beach are under pressure from off road vehicle recreation. To prevent further erosion and damage to sensitive dune vegetation, the Wanganui District Council is seeking to relocate the off roaders to a more appropriate location. The needs of off road recreation vehicles may not be the same. Motorbikes and four wheel drive vehicles are not necessarily compatible and may require separate areas.
The Council is calling for Registrations of Interest from interested landowners who wish to lease, on a permanent or temporary basis, land for the use of off road vehicle recreation.
Registrations of interest should be sent to:
Telephone (06) 349 0001
Building Assessment Assistance Fund 2002-2003
The Council has launched a new initiative to help preserve and upgrade buildings in the central business district (CBD).
Owners or purchasers are able to have a preliminary expert report done for a building so they have a better idea of what needs to be done to bring it up to a reasonable standard as set out in the Building Act 1991. This will result in safer and more usable buildings.
"Following Annual Plan submissions from a number of concerned groups, the Council has allocated funds to assist with the cost of these reports," Richard Munneke, Environment Manager, said.
"People need to apply to the Council before reports are written, so the Council can approve the proposal. The reports need to be done by professional experts who can give accurate and sound advice and information."
The Building Assessment Assistance Fund is to investigate whether a building can safely accommodate a new use. It is not for detailed design or physical works. The fund is available for buildings in the Old Town Conservation Zone (Overlay Zone) and the Central Commercial Zone and any other non-residential building included in the District Plan Heritage list. Assistance is given as a dollar for dollar grant, to a maximum grant of $1500 for any one building.
"We believe that that eventually many of the buildings which make our CBD such an attractive place will be unusable if nothing is done. This would be bad for the whole community. Over time the Council will build up a library of reports so that it will have a far better idea of the state of the buildings in the CBD."
Anyone interested in applying for assistance can contact Jeff Jamieson of the Council. Copies of the application form and background information are available from the Council's Environmental Services unit.
Changes to water billing
As part of the Council's water invoicing process, water usage is currently invoiced to either the tenant or the property owner as requested.
Due to the recently passed Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 (the Act), we have been reviewing our practices in relation to water by meter charges. The Act states that the property owner is liable for all property related charges, including water by meter charges.
In preparation for the implementation of the Act, from 1 November 2002 the ratepayer of the property will receive the water usage account. Tenants will no longer receive the water usage account unless they are registered as the ratepayer on the District Valuation Roll in accordance with Section 11 of the Act. This change does not have any impact on who ultimately pays the account according to the rental agreements.
If you are unsure whether this change affects you, please contact Customer Services on (06) 349 0001.
New carpark in Ingestre Street available for renting
The Council is offering rental car parking at its newly formed carpark located in Ingestre Street. The carpark, known as the Wharenui Carpark, is within the Central Business District and can cater for 27 vehicles.
Rental parking costs $10 (including GST) per carpark per week, and is payable on a quarterly basis in advance.
Please contact Denise Brougham on telephone 349 0001 if you would like to arrange a rental space.
Rural fire season
We remind rural residents that some areas (refer to the map) are restricted for fires during the fire season.
If you require further information, please contact:
The NIWA forecast for the coming fire season is drier and hotter than average so we urge everyone to take extreme care with fire.
Public Notice of Council Resolution on Electoral System
and of Right to Demand a Poll
Notice is given under section 28 (1) of the Local Electoral Act 2001, that the Wanganui District Council has resolved to hold the next triennial general election under the "First Past the Post" (FPP) electoral system. This electoral system will be used for the 2004 triennial general elections of the Wanganui District Council and its Community Board.
Electors of the Wanganui District Council have a right to demand a poll to countermand the resolution to use the First Past the Post electoral system. Should a valid demand for a poll be received, a poll will be held on whether the First Past the Post or Single Transferable Vote electoral system will be used for the next two triennial general elections (2004 and 2007) of the Wanganui District Council and its Community Board.
A valid demand for a poll must be:
1. made in writing.
Every elector who signs a demand must also set out THEIR full name and address for which THEY ARE qualified as an elector of the Wanganui District Council.
For further information, please phone (06) 349 0001, extension 8074.
Dated at Wanganui this 19th day of September 2002.
More information about the FPP and STV systems is available here.
Rural refuse bin collection
The Council has recently let a new contract to Waste Management
Ltd to provide and clear refuse bins in the rural area. The new contract
commenced on 1 September 2002, with the collection schedule as follows:
If residents have hazardous wastes they wish to dispose of they should contact
Tony Neilson, the Council's Hazardous Substance Officer on phone 349 0001
for advice and how to arrange for disposal.
Twelve-month trial P120 free parking
The Council has arranged for a 12-month trial for the public to have free P120 time-restricted parking in St Hill and Watt Streets. This arrangement will be instead of the present parking meters.
The trial started on Monday, October 7.
The trial will help the Council to find out whether the free parking will encourage more shoppers to park near the Central Business District. It has been suggested that the availability of this type of parking is important in retaining the economic vitality of the area.