Issue No. 476 - 22 July 2010
Visitor Information Centre: On time and on budget
This week councillors heard that work is progressing well to convert the former Tearaway Building at 31 Taupo Quay into Wanganui's new Visitor Information Centre. The progress was reported to the Council meeting on Monday afternoon.
The Visitor Information Centre is due to open on Saturday, September 18, and so far the work is on schedule and on budget. Floor to ceiling length windows (pictured) will give views from the cafe and i-SITE areas over the riverfront.
Internal demolition work has been completed with the exception of cutting out the atrium space. All of the main structural elements have been completed, including the steel work for the new balcony, which will front onto Moutoa Quay. Work on door and window openings onto Drews Avenue and Moutoa Quay is also under way. The full height atrium space is pictured right.
Framing for the new façade onto Drews Avenue is around 50% complete and work has begun on re-cladding the roof.
The first fix plumbing and wiring to the first floor is completed and the first fix plumbing to the ground floor under way.
In addition to i-SITE services, the building will house a Glass Gallery, showcasing the wealth of glass art that Wanganui is famous for. The building will also contain the 'Wanganui Story' – a video production outlining the colourful history of Wanganui and promoting the city as a tourist destination and family friendly city to relocate to. The area pictured right will house the native Wanganui bush display.
Also on the first floor is an apartment/office suite area which will be tenanted, once the building is complete. This will provide a rental income for council.
The ground floor will house the I-site information area, a 'Wanganui Shop', public toilets and a café. Part of the ground floor area is a flexible space and can be used for functions.
Additional visual enhancement for Southern Entranceway
Councillors have approved additional funding to erect a set of lit poles, ranging from 4 metres to 13 metres in height, to be located at the southern end of the truck weigh station at the Southern Entranceway.
The feature will be highly visible at the start of the entranceway and also soften the impact of the weigh station. The visual impact will be particularly significant at night because of the lighting aspect of the poles.
New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has finished most of the major road works at the entranceway and is currently undertaking some minor works.
The Southern Entranceway is due to be officially opened on Friday, 24 September 2010, and will include the 'Encounter' sculpture as the centre piece to the newly created roundabout.
Calling all candidates for the local body election:
Find out what you're in for!
We are holding an information evening for prospective candidates on Monday, July 26. It is for all prospective Wanganui District elected members, including mayor, councillors and Wanganui Rural Community Board members.
The information evening will cover the role of a local authority; the Wanganui District Council area and representation; the council's structure, committees, activities and services; financial overview; current issues; elected members' payments and expenses; and the amount of work involved in being an elected representative.
There will also be information about the nomination process for candidates.
Enquiries about the election process can be made to Noeline Moosman, Electoral Officer, phone (06) 349 0001. Visit this page to find out more about the election.
The prospective candidates information evening will be held at 6.00pm on Monday, July 26, in Committee Room 2 at the Municipal Building, Guyton Street.
Wanganui – let's be first in fibre!
On Tuesday Wanganui District Council hosted a 'Broadband Breakfast' to let local businesses know what is happening in the broadband industry, and to gather support for an ultra fast broadband network in Wanganui.
Ultra fast broadband is an essential service for the future of the district. Council is working to be part of the Government's $1.5B ultra fast broadband project, which will roll out a fibre optic network across the country.
Telecommunication Users Association Chief Executive Ernie Newman spoke about the importance of broadband now and for the future and set out some key areas that can help Wanganui in its drive to get connected. These included individual users and businesses committing to connect to the network, becoming more computer literate and making new houses and subdivisions 'fibre ready'.
We think we will have more chance of making a successful bid for the ultrafast broadband project if we can prove that people and businesses want this service and will connect to it. If you would like to show your support for Wanganui in becoming 'first in fibre' visit this page for more details and a sign up form.
Have your say
Draft Digital Strategy and Draft Broadband Strategy
The draft Digital Strategy and draft Broadband Strategy have been approved by council for public consultation. The vision for the draft Digital Strategy is "Wanganui is a leader in the digital world - we are a well connected, socially inclusive, prosperous and sustainable community". The draft Broadband Strategy vision is "To ensure extensive, future-proofed, open access, ultra-fast broadband infrastructure is available throughout Wanganui District as soon as possible, in order to seize the associated economic and social benefits for Wanganui District".
The Digital Strategy seeks three major outcomes:
The Digital Strategy will provide a clear direction for council and other organisations to make Wanganui a leader in the digital world.
The draft Broadband Strategy sets out council's vision, drivers, principles, strategies and the benefits of accelerating fibre to premises in the Wanganui District. It also sets out the preferred model for roll out of a broadband network, ensuring schools, hospitals and medical centres, government departments, universities and business are connected as quickly as possible.
The consultation period is from 19 July to 16 August 2010.
Your comments are welcomed and should be addressed to:
Digital and Broadband Strategies
or delivered to our Customer Services Desk at 101 Guyton Street, faxed to (06) 349 0000, or emailed to us.
If you have any queries or require further information, please contact Marianne Archibald at the Wanganui District Council, telephone (06) 349 0001 or email Marianne Archibald.
Comments are to be received by 5.00pm Monday, 16 August 2010.
Have your say
Proposed Wanganui District Council Smoke Free Bylaw 2010
Submissions are invited on the Proposed Wanganui District Council Smoke Free Bylaw 2010.
The proposed Smoke Free Bylaw 2010 is written in a way to empower and authorise council to specify certain Parks and Reserves as Smoke Free public places, from time to time, by council resolution.
Once the Smoke Free Bylaw 2010 is adopted, it is Wanganui District Council's initial intention to designate three of its premier parks as smoke free under the bylaw along with its main public sports grounds.
Copies of the Proposed Bylaw, Summary of Information, Statement of Proposal and submission forms, are available from the Customer Services Counter, Municipal Office Building, 101 Guyton Street and at the District Library, Queens Park, during usual opening hours. The documents are also available by telephoning Customer Services on 349 0001 or clicking here.
Submissions should be addressed to:
The Chief Executive
Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 30 July 2010.
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings
Youth – Monday, July 26 (Council Chamber, 4.00pm)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – Wednesday, August 4 (Committee Room 2, 4.00pm)
Community Development – Tuesday, August 10, Council Chamber at 3.00pm
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.