Issue No. 261 - 1 June 2006
Government help for Sarjeant Gallery possible
Prime Minister Helen Clark has offered to assist with funding for the conservation of art works at the Sarjeant Art Gallery.
Mayor Michael Laws, Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon and Cr Nicki Higgie met with Miss Clark on Tuesday, May 23, to discuss the conservation of art works at the Sarjeant Art Gallery, estimated to cost $400,000.
"Miss Clark expressed a strong view the works should be retained in the gallery and offered her and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs' assistance to find the funding to allow this", Cr Higgie said.
The meeting, instigated by the Prime Minister, proved "very positive", which left the Mayor and councillors with the feeling Miss Clark had a good understanding of the proposed cultural precinct.
Cr McKinnon says Miss Clark was mindful Wanganui has to conserve the arts and address immediate problems as well as future issues.
As well as the Sarjeant Art Gallery Heart of Wanganui project, the Mayor and councillors discussed a number of topics with the Prime Minister, including the UCOL campus development and the Whanganui riverbank redevelopment.
Mayor Laws says it was "an excellent" meeting and the Prime Minister seemed impressed with the whole vision for the cultural precinct, the UCOL redevelopment and the riverfront walkway.
The Prime Minister requested a further meeting in July when drawings of architects' proposals for the Heart of Wanganui cultural precinct are expected to be available.
Long-term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) submissions heard
Around 50 people presented oral submissions on the draft LTCCP to the full council at its meeting on Monday, May 29.
A total of 205 submissions were received.
Rural hall update
It was also agreed that the Savage Club members air their thoughts at a mini-workshop with council representatives next week.
Next step for draft LTCCP
Youth Day Out
In the wake of the Youth Committee's successful send off to Youth Week on Saturday, May 20, the committee would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations and individuals:
The committee looks forward to a bigger, brighter and better Youth Week in 2007!
Have your say
The Council is seeking public submissions on its proposal to change representation for the 2007 election by:
The Council is required to review its representation arrangements at least once every six years.
The Council currently consists of the Mayor and 12 Councillors. The Councillors are elected by two wards, urban and rural, electing nine and three Councillors respectively. The rural ward also elects the Wanganui Rural Community Board of six members, to which the three rural ward Councillors are also appointed.
Reducing Council Numbers
Abolishing the urban and rural wards
The complying option of having one rural ward Councillor, six urban ward Councillors and three Councillors elected at large was considered and rejected due to its complexity.
Wanganui Rural Community Board
Submissions should include your name and address and can be made in the following ways:
Post to: Representation Review Submissions, Wanganui District Council,
PO Box 637, Wanganui
Upcoming Council meetings
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Council Extraordinary Meeting - Tuesday,
June 6 (Council Chamber - 9.00am)
Wanganui Rural Community Board - Thursday, June 8
Heritage Committee - Monday, June 12
Finance and Administration Committee - Tuesday, June 13
Community Development Committee - Wednesday,
June 14 (3.30pm)
Sport and Recreation Committee - Thursday, June 15 (1.00pm)
Community Development Committee - Thursday, June 15
Youth Committee - Monday, June 19 (Council Chamber)
Infrastructure Committee - Tuesday, June 20
Strategy Committee - Thursday, June 22 (Council Chamber)
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are held at 4.00pm 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.