Issue No. 4 - 30th June 2001
Economic statistics update
Wanganui is on the up turn according to economic statistics received by the Council.
Recent retail spending figures show that after a dip in 1997 and 1998, there has been a strong recovery. Spending is almost back up to mid 1990's levels and growing. At $83.77 million, the March quarter 2001 was the best for at least six years.
Vehicle registrations have shown a similar pattern, with a big improvement since May 1998 when registrations dipped to 64 for the month, compared with 141 for May 2001.
Unemployment is also down, with a drop from 4343 in April 1999 to 3213 in April this year. That's a 26 percent decrease.
The number of visitors using the Information Centre is also up. In the 2000/2001 season, October to April, total visitors were up by three percent on 1999/2000 and overseas visitors increased by nine percent.
These figures, along with significant expansions by several local manufactures and good farming returns, indicate that Wanganui is in for more prosperous times.
From the Archives
During World War II, a supply of forms and coupons to be used to buy goods in the event of an emergency were printed and stored at various locations in Wanganui. The following letter gives details of the emergency plans.
20th August, 1942.
The Director of National Service,
Supplies in an Emergency - E.P.S Circular No. 109
In accordance with the request contained in the above circular, I have to advise that the forms and coupons, with some additions, suggested in circular 23 for use in the event of an emergency, were printed some months ago.
Both the forms and coupons have been divided into three groups as a safety measure and are stored at the following places:-
City Council Office - Strong Room
As a precaution against possible duplication during an emergency period, the coupons (4" x 2" in size) were printed on good quality paper specially tinted for each denomination. The printer, moreover, observed the same care in regard to paper used and spoiled sheets as is invariably taken in respect of debentures and coupons.
It was thought inadvisable to print on the coupons the Chairman's signature,
since it is not possible to predict the time when the coupons may be required.
Rubber signature stamps have therefore been made but will of course need to
be changed in the event of another person holding this office. All coupons must
bear this signature stamp before issue.
Particulars of the coupons are as under:-
Registers have been provided for the proper recording of all coupons received and issued.
From the Wanganui District Council Archives, reference AAF 69:43.
Water and Gas Main Replacements
Anzac Parade SH4
Since Monday, June 11, work has been in progress on Anzac Parade (SH4, Purua Street to Georgetti Road) to replace water and gas mains.
Work has progressed more slowly than anticipated.
Therefore, single lane traffic (between 7am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday) will continue to operate until Saturday, July 7.
Temporary traffic lights will be operating to control both north and south bound traffic.
At night (between 6pm and 7am, Monday-Saturday) and all day Sunday traffic will be returned to two lanes.
Road closure to heavy vehicles
Wylies Bridge 46 Mangamahu Road
To allow the repair of major structural elements of Wylies Bridge, the contractor, Works Infrastructure Ltd, is proposing to close Mangamahu Road at Wylies Bridge to heavy vehicles as follows:
8.00am Wednesday, 4 July 2001 until 5.00pm Sunday, 8 July 2001
8.00am Wednesday, 11 July 2001 until 5.00pm Sunday, 15 July 2001
8.00am Wednesday, 18 July 2001 until 5.00pm Sunday, 22 July 2001
During these periods, access will be limited to vehicles with
a gross laden weight of less than 3500kgs and a maximum height of less than
2.40 metres. Every endeavour is being made to keep the bridge open for light
vehicles but short delays during construction are unavoidable and should be