Issue No. 337 - 15 November 2007
Virginia Lake update
The Council this week agreed on a number of strategies to combat the algae problem at Virginia Lake.
Infrastructure Manager Julian Reweti told the Council at its meeting on Monday that there is no single solution to the Virginia Lake algae problem, rather a series of measures which, when linked, will put the lake's ecosystem back in balance.
The Virginia Lake Working Party met on November 5 to evaluate information provided from a science workshop held in October, plus information collated since then. The Working Party concluded that the following strategies should be pursued:
The Council approved these measures and added that appropriate signage and a public communication programme be implemented to keep people informed of the strategies, reasons and progress. All of this will start immediately and the cost of all the strategies, estimated to be $637,000, will be loan funded.
By-election date set
Two extraordinary vacancies currently exist in the Wanganui District. When Councillor Don McGregor resigned for health reasons, a vacancy was created at the Council table. Due to only one nomination being received for the Kaitoke subdivision, there is a space in the Wanganui Rural Community Board.
It is necessary, therefore, to hold a by-election to fill these vacancies. This will be held on Saturday, 16 February 2008.
Separate from the election, Council intends to hold a referendum in 2008 as part of its ongoing public consultation process. This referendum will give Council guidance on capital expenditure items such as the library relocation, International Events Centre, riverfront walkway extension, upper Victoria Avenue upgrade, Castlecliff Beach development and Sarjeant Gallery extension.
Initially, consideration was given to combining the referendum with the by-election but Council has opted for a separate process with Referendum '08 to be held mid to late April with the information obtained being fed into the Draft Annual Plan. This would also allow Council officers time to prepare information on the referendum items.
Rates Instalment 2 due date reminder
A reminder to all ratepayers that the due date for payment of Instalment 2 is Wednesday, 21 November 2007. Please ensure payments reach our office by close of business on this day.
Council offers direct debit as a method of payment. Frequency of payments can be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly or yearly. Please contact the rates department for further information, phone 349 0519.
1 July 2007 – 30 June 2008
The income threshold for rates rebate is now $20,000 and the maximum allowable rebate is $500.
Eligibility for a rates rebate is determined by:
To assist you with your application, please bring in the following:
Ratepayers need to apply to the Wanganui District Council for a rates rebate. Those who are eligible will then either have their rates reduced by the amount of the rebate, or receive a refund if the rates have been paid in full for the year. The Department of Internal Affairs reimburses the Council from Crown funds.
Details about the following vacancy are available on this page:
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We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Wanganui Rural Community Board Triennial Meeting – Thursday, November 15
Finance and Administration – Monday, November 19
Community and Environment – Tuesday, November 20
Hearings – Wednesday, November 21 (2.00pm)
Community and Environment – Thursday, November 22
Harbour – Monday, November 26 (3.00pm)
Infrastructure – Monday, November 26 (immediately following Harbour Committee meeting)
Heritage – Tuesday, November 27
Maori – Thursday, November 29
Youth – Friday, November 30
Strategy – Tuesday, December 4 (Council Chamber)
Sport and Recreation – Thursday, December 6 (1.00pm)
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.