Issue No. 540 - 13 October 2011
Working together to make our community a better place
The Wanganui community has recorded many successes in the latest Community Outcomes Monitoring Report.
The report is compiled every three years by the Wanganui District Council, incorporating feedback from a range of partners and agencies. It reports on progress toward achieving the desired outcomes identified by the community for our district; measures Wanganui’s current wellbeing; and identifies ‘where to from here’.
One of the features of the 2011 Monitoring Report has been the improved relationships with partners who provide information for the report. Agencies have gathered information on a range of Community Outcomes, not just those directly related to their activity.
Some of the key results within each Community Outcome are:
A healthy community
A safe community
A prosperous community
A well connected community
A community where people work together
A community with quality education
A community with well developed amenities and recreational opportunities
A community with identity
An environmentally sustainable community
The Community Outcomes Monitoring Report is available here.
Exciting opportunities ahead for Whanganui River Road
A recent tour of the Whanganui River Road was an opportunity for our elected representatives to talk to residents, find out about tourism and economic development opportunities and discuss roading and other issues.
Organised by the Wanganui Rural Community Board, the trip also included Mayor Annette Main and councillors as well as representatives from Tamaupoko Runanga, Department of Conservation and Horizons Regional Council. Ruapehu Mayor Sue Morris and Ruapehu District Council representatives joined the group at Pipiriki Marae.
The trip included:
Supporting cultural initiatives in Wanganui
Creative Communities New Zealand
Te Mahi Taha Toi Me Te Mahi Whakangahau Mo Tenei Wahi
Mo Nga Ropu Kei Te Pirangi Moni Awhinatia Mo Te Mahi Taha Toi Me Te Mahi Whakangahau
Funding is available for local community based arts activities from the Creative Communities Scheme (CCS). The Scheme aims to increase participation in the arts at a local level, and increase the range and diversity of arts available to communities.
Applications are called for from arts and cultural groups, organisations and individuals, based in the Wanganui District Council area.
Application forms and guidelines are available from:
Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street
There will be two free Creative Communities funding workshops held at Gonville Café Library Community Room, 44 Abbot Street, Gonville on:
For further information contact Don Hunter, Arts Coordinator, Wanganui District Council, phone 349 0543 ext 8415 or email. This will be the last Creative Communities funding round for 2011 calendar year.
Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday, 25 November 2011. Results will be announced on Wednesday, 7 December 2011.
Wanganui Positive Ageing Forum highlightsheld on 28 September 2011
Volunteer Community Coordinator
St Johns Wanganui – Health shuttle to Palmerston North
Wanganui Cancer Society
Age Concern Wanganui
In July 2011, Council undertook a visioning exercise and review of our Family-friendly strategy, which serves as a guide for shaping our future.
Council has looked at where we want to be in 2022 and developed the following vision statement:
Family Friendly Wanganui: the best place to live in New Zealand
We want to know what you think about Council’s vision for 2022 and how we achieved our aims.
To find out more and give your feedback click here and have your say about our vision and our future.
Splash Centre main pool closure
The main 25m pool at the Splash Centre will be closed at 6.00pm on Monday, October 17, for maintenance. It will open again at 6.00am on Tuesday, October 18.
Commercial building owners – Egress stairs safety check
As a result of the technical investigation conducted by the Department of Building and Housing, the Department has requested that all councils alert building owners of the importance of having their main exit stairs formally assessed. This has come about from the failure of the Forsyth Barr building's stairs in the major aftershock in Christchurch on 22 February 2011.
The Department recommends that owners of buildings to which members of the public have access, including office buildings, engage a chartered professional engineer to assess the main exit stairs. This is to ensure they have sufficient allowance for movement. It particularly applies to buildings that have a scissor stair configuration.
The scope of these checks should be in accordance with the Department's Practice Advisory which is available for download here.
The full findings from the first part of the technical investigation into the Forsyth Barr, Hotel Grand Chancellor and Pyne Gould Corporation buildings can also be found on the Department's website.
Ministry of Health Public Notice
Some plumbing fittings have the potential to allow minute traces of metals to accumulate in water standing in the fittings for several hours.
Although the health risk is small, the Ministry of Health recommends that you flush a mugful of water from your drinking-water tap each morning before use to remove any metals that may have dissolved from the plumbing fittings.
We are recommending this simple precaution for all households, including those on public and private water supplies.
Director-General of Health
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Youth – October 17 (4.00pm, Council Chamber)
Wanganui Rural Community Board – October 19 (4.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Infrastructure and Property – October 25 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Council – October 27 (1.00pm, Council Chamber)
Community and Environment – October 27 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Strategy and Finance – November 1 (3.00pm, Council Chamber
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.