Issue No. 309 - 3 May 2007
Draft Annual Plan 2007/08
Rates and levies – an explanation
The Council's Draft Annual Plan 2007/08 contains a projected average 1.8% rates increase for residential properties.
However, it also contains two additional levies – one relating to the damage caused by the July 2006 storms, and the other relating to the 'soft water' project.
The storm levy will not deliver any new or existing council services or amenities. It is to pay for the multi-million dollar damage – mostly to rural roads – caused by last year's storm event. Residential and commercial rateable properties will pay a $47 storm levy, and farming rateable properties will pay a $52 storm levy. These are in addition to the 1.8% rates increase.
The soft water levy will be an additional $73 per household. However, the projected household savings from soft water are anticipated at $230-$280 per household. In other words, there would be a net saving of between $157-$207 per household.
The table below summarises the likely financial effects upon your household, business or farming property.
For most Wanganui people, the net result will be that even after their rates increase and the additional levies, they will be better off in real dollar terms.How proposed rates/levies will affect you
The following information is based on average rates for residential, commercial and farming properties. Actual rates increases will differ from property to property.
Have your say on the Draft Annual Plan
The Wanganui District Council has prepared its Draft Annual Plan 2007/08 – and now it's time for you to have your say.
The Draft Annual Plan is open for public submissions from 23 April 2007 until 25 May 2007.
We are also seeking submissions on a proposed amendment to the 10-Year Plan 2006-2016. The submission period is 23 April 2007 until 25 May 2007.
Summaries of the Draft Annual Plan and 10-Year Plan Amendment will be delivered to all households. These documents outline the key information in the Draft Annual Plan and 10-Year Plan Amendment. Submission forms are included with the summary documents.
If you want more detailed information, copies of the draft documents are available:
Submissions can be made in the following ways:
Post it to: Wanganui District Council,
PO Box 637, Wanganui
Please remember to include your name, contact details and whether you want to speak about your submission at the hearing on June 5.
All submissions will be acknowledged and considered by the Council. Copies of each submission will be made publicly available when the Council considers submissions.
River Queen exhibition
Lights, Camera, Action… River Queen in Whanganui is open only until the end of this month at the Whanganui Regional Museum.
In 2004 the Whanganui River's dramatic landscape became the stage for the film "River Queen" by New Zealand director Vincent Ward. The film tells the story of a young woman's search for her lost son during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s.
Developed with the assistance of people who worked on the film, this exhibition looks at the real life inspiration behind the main characters and explores the parallels between the film's story and actual history. Recreated sets and costumes worn by lead actors and key cast extras allow visitors to get up close with props used in the film and discover some of the techniques behind the special effects. A huge number of local people were involved, both in front of and behind the camera, and in the vast array of photographs on display you are sure to recognise many friends and family members.
Wanganui is in the process of rediscovering and embracing the river. This exhibition focuses on the great waterway which is now, and always has been, the lifeblood of our region and its people.
Lights, Camera, Action… River Queen in Whanganui runs until the end of this month, so be in quick to immerse yourself in your own River Queen experience!
Whanganui Regional Museum, Watt Street, Wanganui, is open 10.00am to 4.30pm seven days, phone (06) 349 1110, email Museum.
Wastewater discharge to the Whanganui River
The discharge of Wanganui City's domestic wastewater, including sewage and groundwater, from Beach Road pump station to the Whanganui River has now ceased.
As part of the Wastewater Project, the under river pipeline had to be upgraded to accommodate the higher pressures needed to pump wastewater to the new treatment plant near the airport.
The existing under river line has been emptied, drained out and cut into on both sides of the river. A 600m length of new pipeline has been successfully pulled through the existing pipeline, and has been connected to the new rising/falling mains which have been laid across the airport to the treatment ponds.
A section of badly corroded pipework embedded within the foundation of the Beach Road pump station has also been replaced. The system has been successfully recommissioned and all effluent is being pumped out to sea via the ocean outfall.
The public are reminded, however, that fish and shellfish caught in the river should not be eaten raw – this applies at all times.
Details of the following vacancies are available on this page:
Building Control Officer - Applications
Roading Traffic Safety Engineer
Roading Operations Officer
Personal Assistant to the Mayor
Wanganui Sister Cities Association
If you have an interest in all or any of Wanganui's Sister Cities — Nagaizumi-cho, Japan — Toowoomba, Australia — Reno, USA — you are invited to attend this AGM.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Community Development – Tuesday, May 8
Finance and Administration – Thursday, May 10
Infrastructure – Monday, May 14
Sport and Activity – Tuesday, May 15 (2.00pm)
Strategy – Tuesday, May 15 (Council Chamber)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Thursday, May 17
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.