Issue No. 262 - 8 June 2006
Earthquake-Prone Buildings Policy set in concrete!
Wanganui District Council has set a new policy for earthquake-prone buildings.
Heritage Committee chair Marty Lindsay is extremely happy with the new requirements, which give owners of heritage buildings till 2040 to get their buildings up to government standard.
"The end result is an excellent example of how the public can have a profound effect on policy," Cr Lindsay said.
"There should be no more talk about heritage owners having to consider pulling their buildings down because they couldn't meet the strengthening timeframe."
Key features of the new Earthquake-Prone Buildings Policy include:
Council's next step is to consider buildings with special post-disaster functions at the Infrastructure Committee meeting on June 20.
These buildings could include hospitals, Police and other emergency services' buildings and civil defence buildings.
Contemporary New Zealand photographers' work now on show at Sarjeant Gallery
The exhibition of new and classic work by 20 of New Zealand's greatest photographers is the first wide-ranging survey of New Zealand photography for 30 years and is accompanied by a full colour publication including essays by 20 leading New Zealand writers.
The exhibition runs till Jun 25 and is open to the public daily between 10.30am and 4.30pm.
Photo: Neil Pardington, Tunnel
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 whether you wish to speak about your submission at the hearing. Submissions 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
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)
Council Meeting - Thursday, June 29 (Council
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.