Issue No. 547 - 1 December 2011
Noise control is everyone's responsibility
The festive season and long summer months are traditionally a busy time for Council staff who deal with noise control issues, but there are plenty of ways in which everyone can help make their festive season quieter!
Council has a statutory responsibility to enforce noise legislation in order to minimise public nuisance. Everyone has the right to use their property for enjoyment and noise is a fact of everyday life. However, when noise becomes a nuisance, upsets neighbours or causes distress, Council has staff that are trained and experienced in dealing with these issues.
Noise can arise from a variety of domestic sources including loud music, barking dogs, DIY and building work, car alarms, car stereos and revving cars in the street. Noise can also arise from outdoor events, factories, pubs or clubs or noisy equipment such as ventilation units. Many of these noises may be a temporary nuisance, and as long as they do not persist, or take place during unreasonable hours, they are unlikely to be reason for complaint.
In many cases, the person making the noise may not be aware that they are causing a problem and they are more than happy to be told in a polite and friendly way. However, if you do not feel comfortable in approaching someone or have tried to deal with a problem noise issue and it has not been resolved then you should contact the Council.
What is excessive noise?
Excessive noise is subjective by nature and it is up to Council officers investigating a noise complaint to assess whether the noise is excessive. Decibel readings may be taken but this is not always an accurate indication of the noise level.
What happens if a complaint is received?
A direction may be given in writing or verbally and the direction is in force for 72 hours. If the noise continues or occurs again during the 72 hours for which the direction is in force, the officer (accompanied by a Police Officer) may take other action such as issuing a $500 infringement or enter the property and seize the instrument or appliance which the noise is coming from.
What can I do to help?
Let neighbours know if you are planning a major DIY project or having a party so that they are aware of when noise is likely to happen and how long it is likely to last.
Sound travels so be considerate if you are playing music inside the house with the windows open. Not everyone wants to listen to what you are listening to.
Noise from cars, including revving engines and car stereos, are often the subject of complaints. Be aware that this kind of noise can also be the subject of an excessive noise direction and a stationary vehicle, if creating a noise nuisance, can be seized.
For further information contact Wanganui District Council on 349 0001 or click here. Noise complaints can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 349 0001.
Picnic in the Park
Join the Wanganui District Council Youth Committee for a fantastic free, fun, family event at the Picnic in the Park on Saturday, December 3, at Kowhai Park.
The fun runs from 11.00am until 2.00pm with something for everyone to enjoy. Bring your picnic, your family and your friends and enjoy music, entertainment, face-painting, bouncy castle, sausage sizzle and more.
"Picnic in the Park is a major event which the Youth Committee organises for young people and their families," says Cr Jack Bullock, Chair of the Youth Committee.
"Our Youth Councillors put in a lot of hard work to make the event a success and this year it's going to be bigger than ever. Kowhai Park is a great place to hold the event. It's a really fun way to start the busy festive season and give families time to relax and enjoy some time together."
The event is free but gold coin donations are welcome. Funds raised will be given to 'For our Kids', an initiative of the Community Taskforce for Youth Wellbeing, which encourages volunteers to help and support young people in the community in a variety of ways.
Wanganui thanked for Rugby World Cup hosting
Senior representatives from RNZ 2011 were in Wanganui last week to officially thank those involved in hosting teams and supporting the successful Rugby World Cup 2011 events.
RNZ 2011’s Martin Snedden and Andrew Steele told guests from Wanganui District Council, Wanganui Rugby, the Police, Real Whanganui Festival and Mainstreet, about the overwhelming response to the event from the whole of New Zealand.
They acknowledged the support given to teams hosted in provisional centres, including the amazing welcome and positive experience the USA Eagles team had during their time in Wanganui.
Martin Snedden presented Mayor Annette Main with an engraved silver plate to commemorate Wanganui’s role in Rugby World Cup 2011.
Wanganui Festival Weekend
Plans are well under way to make Wellington Anniversary Weekend 2012 one to remember for Wanganui people and visitors, with three days of events with something for everyone.
"Over Wellington Anniversary Weekend 2012 we have some major events taking place in Wanganui and this is an ideal way to showcase all aspects of our city and district for everyone who lives here and visits over this holiday weekend," Cr Rob Vinsen said.
On Sunday, January 22, the action moves to the Racecourse for the Vintage Car Club’s public open day. This full day of entertainment will showcase more than 800 vintage vehicles, which are in Wanganui for the 10-day international Vintage Car Rally. More than 3000 national and international visitors are expected to attend the rally. Wanganui District Council is sponsoring the Vintage Car Club rally, which will have a major economic benefit for the city.
The focus moves to the Whanganui River boardwalk on Monday, January 23, with a variety of activities including dance, music and entertainment. Tables, chairs and umbrellas will be placed along the boardwalk to add to the festival atmosphere and a range of river-based events are planned such as 200m sprint kayak racing and rowing races.
Visitors to the boardwalk will also have the first opportunity to see the Number 12 Tram in action, as it takes its first short outing from the Tram Shed.
The tram was built by Boon & Co in Christchurch in about 1911 and began operating in Wanganui on 26 September 1912. It is believed Tram 12 operated mainly between Victoria Avenue and the coastal suburb of Castlecliff. The Wanganui Corporation Tramways ceased operating in September 1950 and sold all assets including the trams.
Tram 12 was bought and relocated to Auckland where it was stored until David Harre bought it in 2000 and donated it to the people of Wanganui. The Tramways Trust has been restoring the tram with the aim of making it available for public use.
Wanganui Festival Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come along and enjoy the fantastic range of events on offer so don’t leave Wanganui for Wellington Anniversary Weekend 2012.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is to be held at the Sarjeant Gallery at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 6 December 2011.
The Members are a support group to the Gallery. They provide volunteer support to openings, functions and other Gallery operations; have assisted with the upgrade of Tylee Cottage, the home of the Artist in Residence scheme; provide an award at the Whanganui Arts Review and, in the case of Patron Members, donate to the permanent collection.
This year consideration is being given to assisting with funding for conservation work on selected items from the Gallery's permanent collection.
At the AGM the Annual Report and Accounts will be presented and Executive members elected. In addition there will be a presentation by Greg Anderson, Senior Curator at the Sarjeant Gallery and Pete Gray, Deputy Community and Culture Manager on the proposed extension to the Sarjeant Gallery.
Members and visitors are welcome.
Cooks Gardens temporary closure
Cooks Gardens will be closed to the public for a private event from 6.00am on Saturday, 3 December 2011, and will reopen at 6.00am on Sunday, 4 December.
If you have any queries contact the Wanganui Events Trust, Cooks Gardens Office, phone 349 1815 or email email@example.com.
Splash Centre Steam Room,
Use of sprinklers
Consumers are advised that automatic garden sprinklers can be used by all residents (irrespective of whether their house number is an odd or even number) between the following times:
7pm to 9pm During the hours of daylight saving
Hand-held hoses can be used at any time.
The Wanganui District Council has the following vacancies:
Governance Office Assistant
Records Office Assistant
Applications for both roles close on Friday, 3 December 2011.
Click here for details
We welcome members of the public to attend our meetings.
Wanganui District Councils’ Forestry Joint – December 5 (2.00pm, Committee Room 2)
Strategy and Finance – December 6 (2.00pm, Council Chamber)
Hearings and Regulatory – December 8 (9.00am-5.00pm, Council Chamber)
Council – December 19 (2.00pm, 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.