Issue No. 100 - 3 May 2003
At Your Service: Whanganui Regional Museum
We support the provision of a Museum
How this service is provided
The last Sunday of every month is a free entry day.
Further information is available from Keith Hindson, phone 349 0001, email Keith Hindson.
Consultation on the Draft Long-term Council Community
The Council has prepared a Statement of Proposal under the Local Government Act 2002. The Statement of Proposal incorporates the Council's Long-term Council Community Plan and Service Management Plan for 2003-2013. The requirements of the new Act replace the former Annual Plan process.
The Statement of Proposal is open for public submissions from 24 April 2003 until 30 May 2003.
Copies of the draft plans, and a summary document which outlines the key information in the draft plans, are available:
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions. Submitters will have the opportunity to be heard in relation to their submission if they wish. You can make an online submission on our Have Your Say page.
What is the Long-term Council Community Plan?
The plan (known as the LTCCP) covers a period of 10 years (2003-2013) and contains the following important aspects:
The draft plan is currently open for public consultation. Submissions close on 30 May 2003.
Council debt is projected to peak at $47.8M.
In previous years the Council has stated that the sustainable level of funding for the general rate is in the order of $17.6M per annum. Our current projection puts this figure closer to $19M (for the equivalent functions. Note that some are proposed to move to targeted rates for 2003/04). It was expected that funding had achieved a sustainable level and that increases at the rate of inflation would be sufficient to take us forward into the future. However, the Council has faced significant increases in insurance, electricity and contracting costs in this financial year which have challenged that assumption if we are to maintain the current service standards.
The Council believes it is important for service levels to be maintained and for this to be achieved more funding is needed for the Roading function. There has been some concern expressed within the rural community about the standard of rural roads and the Council has responded to this concern by increasing the funding for this function from $3.55M in 2002/03 to $4.1M in 2003/04 and up to a sustainable level of $4.4M into the future.
In this plan we have also recognised some of the capital programme that will need to be put in place to continue to maintain the service standards and assets into the future. Funding has been included for the refurbishment and extension of the Sarjeant Gallery, Splash Centre, Library and Regional Museum. Funding has also been included for upgrading the Central Business District and Memorial Hall within the 10-year period.
The wastewater project is continuing to have an impact on the work programme and the debt. The addition of capital works and inflation to the work programme over the next eight years has added $5M to our projected debt peak. The Council is now predicting debt to peak at just under $48M compared with $43M in last year's plan. The Council is aware that this places an increased debt servicing cost on the community and this affects our ability to undertake some future works if the debt cost gets too high. The Council is treading a fine balance between delaying renewals work to allow debt to reduce and progressing the community by enhancing and renewing our current facilities.
Next week: More information on the Council's groups of activities and the policies in the draft plan.
What's on in and around Wanganui
May 3: Wanganui Music Festival
May 3: Gonville Cottage Craft Industries Market
May 3: Rivercity Markets
May 4: Wanganui Music Festival
May 4: Round the Bridges River Run
May 4: The Nutcracker - Imperial Russian Ballet
More information about things to do in the Wanganui District is available from the i-Site Wanganui Visitor Centre, 101 Guyton Street.
Wanganui banner available
Are you holding a conference or event that will bring visitors to Wanganui? The Council has a "Welcome to Wanganui" banner available for community use. The banner (pictured) is three metres long and is available free of charge. If you are interested in booking the banner for your event, please contact the Customer Services Desk, phone 349 0001.
Stormwater Compliance Officer, Environmental Services
Library Collection Developer, Wanganui District Library
Winter Gardens closure
The conservatory and outdoor area at the Winter Gardens will be closed from April 22 for re-roofing and maintenance work.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause and anticipate that you will enjoy the new displays when we re-open.
We expect that the Winter Gardens will re-open in four to five weeks. We will keep you informed.
Wanganui District Library presents
You Won't Die Laughing
What is stress costing your business:
with international presenters Patricia Cameron-Hill and Shane Yates
A wonderful opportunity to reward your staff by sending them to this business seminar full of learning, fun and laughter.
Creative Communities New Zealand
Local Arts Funding Scheme
Financial Assistance to Arts and Cultural Activities
TE MAHI TAHA TOI ME TE MAHI WHAKANGAHAU
MO TENEI WAHI
Applications for financial assistance under the Creative New Zealand Local Arts Funding Scheme are now being called for.
Approximately $15,500 is available for distribution to arts and cultural activity groups, organisations and individuals, based in the Wanganui District Council area. (Applications from individuals must indicate community rather than exclusive benefit).
To assist those wishing to apply, and who may need assistance, please contact either Keith Smith at the District Council, or, Barbara Vine at the Community Arts Centre.
Application forms are available from:
Further detailed information is available from:
Applications close at 4.00pm Friday, 30 May 2003
Lifting of Prohibited Fire Season
Pursuant to the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 and the District Council By-laws, notice is given that the prohibited fire season, for all the area in the Wanganui Fire District, is hereby lifted as from midnight on Saturday, 5 April 2003.
Fires in all the above areas will require permits until further notice.
Applications for permits should be made to the New Zealand Fire Service during normal business hours on phone 348 0103.
One week's advance notice for small fires and three weeks' advance notice for larger burns (two hectares or more in size), which will require a fire plan, is required for permits in the rural area to allow for an inspection to be made.
Fire permits will be issued on Thursdays and Fridays.
The Department of Conservation issues permits for its areas.
Water conservation - the hose code and sprinkler code
Water Services thanks the people of Wanganui for the conservation effort made to date that has ensured sufficient water supplies for all water users.
Everyone is reminded that sprinklers can only be used on even numbered days for even numbered houses and odd numbered days for odd numbered houses, between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. Hand held hoses can be used at any time.
The best water results for the garden are achieved from watering in the early evening.
Harbour - Special (1.00pm)
Finance and Administration
Council - Ordinary (Council Chamber)
Unless otherwise noted, the meetings commence at 2.00pm in Committee Room 2, 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.
The Council welcomes members of the public to attend its meetings.
As there is no business to transact, the following Committee meetings have been cancelled.
Emergency Management and Civil Defence
Works and Transport