Issue No. 547 - 1 December 2011

Have Your Say
Draft Shared Pathways Strategy

The draft Shared Pathways Strategy has been approved by council for public consultation. The draft Shared Pathways Strategy envisions:

'A family-friendly district with pathways that are safe, convenient, interconnected, accessible, attractive and expressive to encourage multiple uses by multiple users – a district with active pathways for active people.'

Shared pathways are defined as multi-purpose pathways that cater for diverse users – with pedestrians and cyclists sharing the same space. 

Development of this strategy serves an important role. It communicates the significance of an active transport network to Wanganui's health, vitality, connectivity, sustainability and wellbeing and establishes a coordinated and integrated approach to infrastructure development and future funding opportunities.

To find out more about the draft strategy, including how to make a submission click here.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday, 20 January 2012.

Are you prepared if disaster strikes?
Water containers for sale

One of the most important things you can do for yourself, your family and your community is to be prepared should a disaster strike.

If there is an emergency, everyone needs to be self-reliant and prepared to survive in their own homes for at least three days without assistance. Having an emergency survival kit is an essential part of being prepared.

It is recommended that you have three litres of water per person per day stored.  Wanganui District Council’s Civil Defence have a supply of 15 litre capacity water containers available to purchase to help you with your emergency preparedness.

The containers are brightly coloured and have information on the survival items you need for your home and water storage directions.

The containers cost $15.00 and are available from the Customer Services Desk, Municipal Building, 101 Guyton Street, Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.00pm.

Have your say

Shaping Wanganui – Residential areas

Shaping Wanganui is the name given to the District Plan review process, which Council must complete every 10 years.

We are now entering phase two - residential areas and want to know what you like best about where you live, what don’t you like so much and what would be the key to unlocking the best that your neighbourhood could be.

The Residential zone deals with everything from noise to how close you can build to a boundary, home occupations, advertising and community facilities such as schools
and places of worship.

As part of the review we will also be looking at local commercial areas, parks and reserves and what areas should be residential.

How can you be involved?
• Invite us to visit your organisation

Send comments and feedback to Robyn Butler, Wanganui District Council, PO Box 637, Wanganui or email. For further information click here.

What do you think?

The council wants to know what you think and has developed an online citizens' panel to find out. The 'What do you think' website provides opportunities for Wanganui people to have their say and engage in online forums, polls and surveys.

Council is currently developing its 10 year plan (2012-2022) and there are some big issues to be considered.

We would like to know what you think about growth issues. These issues include the physical growth of the urban environment, economic growth, and being able to offer more services and facilities. We want to know what is most important to you.

To take part in the ‘What do you think’ citizens’ panel click here. visit www.whatdoyouthink.org.nz and complete the online form.

Public notice of the right to demand a poll on the electoral
system for the Wanganui District Council

Notice is given under Section 28 (1) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 that Electors of the Wanganui District Council have the right to demand a
Poll on the electoral system to be used for the 2013 triennial elections of the Wanganui District Council.

The Wanganui District Council resolved on 22 August 2011 to continue with the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system for the 2013 election, unless a poll determines otherwise. The Local Electoral Act 2001 provides for the choice between the First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral systems.

A valid demand for a poll must be:

  • Made in writing
  • Signed by a least five percent of the number of electors enrolled as eligible to vote at the 2010 triennial election of the Wanganui
    District Council. This will require 1557 signatures of current electors
  • Delivered to the principal office of the Wanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, Wanganui, by Tuesday, 28 February 2012.

Section 30 (3) of the Local Electoral Act 2001 states that every elector who signs a demand must also set out their name and address for which they qualified as an elector of the Wanganui District Council.

Graffiti hotline

Want to report graffiti? Graffiti can be reported through a central phone number provided by the council. The number is 349 0500. This number is for reporting graffiti only.

Logging traffic on Whanganui River Road and Raetihi to Pipiriki Road

Ernslaw One Limited will be harvesting approximately 30,000 tonne of Pinus Radiata from a joint venture stand in Morikaunui Station from September 2011 to May 2012. Approximately 20,000 tonne from Ranana will be sent through Pipiriki to their processing plants at Karioi, with the remaining 10,000 tonne heading down the River Road through Wanganui.

From October 2011, McCarthy Transport Limited will be transporting 1100-1200 truck and trailer loads (27-28t) of logs moving at the rate of around eight loads per week day, with around two-thirds heading up through Pipiriki and one-third heading down the River Road to Wanganui. Surplus loads may be moved at weekends in order to clear any build-up of logs that may occur.

Signs will be erected along the Whanganui River Road and Pipiriki to Raetihi Road, advising road users of the increased traffic and we trust that the disruption to current road users will be minimal.  Signs will be placed at the intersection with State Highway 4, the Gentle Annie, Parakino, Atene, Koroniti, Ranana, Jerusalem, Pipiriki and Huikumu.  A  radio telephone link will be placed with the Awa School, Ranana.
For further information or to contact Ernslaw One Limited please call the Bulls Office, phone 06 322 1558.

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