'Dancing in the streets' about Upokongaro jetty decision - 4/05/2006by Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon
Dave McDermid and Upok residents will be dancing in the streets now that Council has underwritten the funds to build the Upokongaro jetty. This project is a typical example of our P.C. world and the procrastination 'political correctness' brings.
Not only was there a lengthy consultation process with local residents, Iwi and river users, but we had to consult with the Department of Conservation, Horizons, Transit New Zealand and Uncle Tom Cobbler!
Funding organisations were more supportive – with substantial funds from Wanganui District Council, the Powerco Trust, Whanganui River Enhancement Trust, Ministry of Tourism and a token sum from the Whanganui Community Foundation.
Now let's get the jetty built! Pronto!
Congratulations to Council's Chief Executive, David Warburton, who has been in the role such a short time but is making huge inroads into efficiencies at Council. The new banking arrangements are a case in point, where we are saving over $26,000 in fees and $20,000 through lower interest charges. Recovering debts is a priority and improving; gas charges are being combined under one account and cost reductions are being made; integrating IT networks will encourage efficiency and there is more happening each month. Your Council has tasked the CE to make efficiencies and we are delighted that we can see some results already.
This week we decide on the shape of the 2007 local body elections. Will we continue with the 'first past the post' voting system? Most certainly, yes. Will we have 10 or 12 councillors? More likely to be 10. Will we have a rural and urban ward or an electorate at large? More likely, the latter. Will we continue to have a Rural Community Board? Definitely a yes! All of these proposals will be out for public consultation and submissions sought.
Well this week I lose my daughter to London again. I will drive her to Auckland and see her off on that long flight. What is it about the rest of the world that beckons our young? Wanganui suits me just fine!