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CENTRAL DISTRICT TIMES, APRIL 3, 2012
HOW DO WE BEST PROVIDE FOR COMMUNITY AND LEISURE ASSETS?
Generally, we have focused more on network
infrastructure assets than community and leisure
assets, which include housing for the elderly,
swimming pools and other leisure facilities. Some
are now liabilities. Over the past three years, we ve
begun a slow but substantial upgrade of some of
these assets -- particularly, Taihape Town Hall,
Bulls Town Hall and refurbishment of the stock of
community housing. However, demand for and
use of these assets has changed over the years.
The reality is that many of these assets have
reached the end of their useful lives and we can
neither afford to maintain nor replace them.
We are also proposing changes to the way that
we collect depreciation for our community and
leisure assets; this recognises that in future the
demands for these services will change to meet
the changing needs of our community and we will
not necessarily be replacing "like for like".
You gave us some great feedback on these
leisure and community assets through the
public consultation undertaken in preparing
this draft LTP, which forms the basis of our
proposals. Find out more from section 7 (Key
Choices) and section 8 (Council Activities) in
the draft LTP.
HOW DO WE BEST SUPPORT THE DISTRICT'S DEVELOPMENT?
Most people believe we should be involved in
economic development and in promoting the
District. We spend about the same on these
activities as other similar councils. However, from
surveys you tell us that you would like us to do
In 2011, we commissioned a review of economic
and business development in the District, which
included a retention and expansion survey of local
businesses. A number of initiatives were suggested
that could be started and/or strengthened, either
by Council alone or in partnership with other
agencies. However, the review could find no
link between increased ratepayer funding for
this activity and economic growth in the District.
Rather, our District s economic success is closely
linked to the success of the wider Manawatu/
Wanganui region, and New Zealand nationally.
There are, though, a number of ways in which
we believe we can make a difference to
economic development in the District. Find
out more from the Community Well-Being
Activity segment of the section 8 (Council
Activities) in the draft LTP.
HOW FAR DO WE GO IN WORKING TO REDUCE WASTE?
Most people believe we should be minimising --
recycling -- waste. Currently, at Council s Waste
Transfer Stations in Marton, Bulls, Taihape,
Mangaweka, Hunterville and Ratana, we provide:
Recycling facilities for glass/paper/card,
plastics, tin/aluminium cans, scrap metal
(including whiteware), gas cylinders, oil,
hazardous waste and agrichemical containers
Over and above this, we fund education initiatives
with primary school age children across the district
and e-day collections of electronic goods.
The average annual cost to ratepayers of existing
recycling services is $11.50 per household.
We propose to introduce green waste recycling
in 2012/13. This would considerably reduce the
tonnage of waste going to landfill -- green waste
makes up about 30% of waste by weight. We
also propose to establish drop-off recycling
facilities in the town-centres. To introduce these
new initiatives in 2012/13 would incur a one-off
set up cost of about $5.25 per household, plus an
additional operating cost of about $5.40 per year
Council has adopted a draft Waste
Management and Minimisation Plan which
is also out for consultation. You can find
out more from any of the Council service
centres, or phone 0800 422522 for copies of
the consultation documents.
HOW CAN WE BEST SUPPORT COMMUNITY INITIATIVES?
In the past we have allocated $60,000 each
year to our grants programme, the Community
Initiatives Fund. Over the past three years, we
have approved about 25 grants each year to local
organisations, averaging $2,096 each (ranging
from a few hundred dollars to several thousand
dollars spread over several years). From the
results of our LTP pre-consultation survey, you
showed overwhelming support for these grants to
However, in the coming year, with the pressure on
our budgets for essential infrastructure upgrades,
we are proposing not to make any contestable
grants during 2012/13.
To have your say, please find out more from
the Community Well-Being Activity segment
of the section 8 (Council Activities) in the
HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES IN NEW ZEALAND'S LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
As we implement the move towards District-wide planning, to ensure that
the District remains as a distinct entity as a 'whole and that local people
continue to have a say in their local services, we also want to look at how the
District s communities are represented. Currently, there are two Community
Boards (Ratana and Taihape) and four Community Committees (Turakina,
Bulls, Marton and Hunterville).
The future of Community Boards is not a decision for this LTP -- we must
undertake a separate Representation Review Process and report back to
central government before the 2013 elections. However, we want to know
what you think about keeping Community Committees and the possibility
of changing the boards in Ratana and Taihape to committees. Currently,
the boards (which are more expensive to operate than the committees) are
funded by the community they serve.
For more information, see the relevant segments of section 7 (Key
Choices) and section 8 (Council Activities) in the draft LTP.
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