Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
www.wairarapanews.co.nz WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 STUDENTS ON ICE Antarctic trip for students 2 CHARITY CONCERT Trinity Roots in Featherston 9 WAKE UP CALL Shock loss of Wairarapa United 48 Good news for water scheme In charge: GW Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde. The government s pre-budget announcement committing an extra $35 million to the investi- gation of irrigation schemes has been welcomed by the Greater Wellington Regional Council which is exploring a potentially major water use scheme in Wairarapa. GW chairwoman Fran Wilde says the Wairarapa Water Use Project was seen as a significant economic driver in Wairarapa and would also have major benefits for the environment through the longterm management of the water resource. The scheme we are investigating could cover around 30,000 hectares and considerable work has been undertaken with the local community to identify demand and viability, together with potential environmental, social and cultural impacts, Ms Wilde says. GW has established a leader- ship group comprising environ- mental, agricultural, local govern- ment and iwi and in the annual plan for the forthcoming year are proposing to invest $750,000 to continue the feasibility work. Ms Wilde says it is an exciting project that could bring signifi- cant economic benefit to the region and the fact that the Gov- ernment has listed the project in its pre-budget statement recog- nises this potential. We are already engaged with MAF and look forward to working with them on the enhanced scheme. The irrigation announcement complements the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Man- agement, which was also announced earlier this week, and the timing of both these announcements is also excellent in terms of Greater Wellington s development of its new regional plan, which will be critical to the future of water management in the region, she says. Event venue alters skyline Shared vision: Carterton mayor Ron Mark, left, and Wairarapa Labour Party candidate Michael Bott, centre, were among those given a tour of the new Carterton Event Centre under construction. Opus architect Bruce Kirton describes various aspects of the $6 million building. Final product:An artist's impression of the finished building. Five months into the construction of the $6 million Carterton Events Cen- tre, the structural work is almost complete with a roof shout sched- uled for next week. The impressive new building dominates Holloway St and Carterton people are now getting a sense of what the finished event cen- tre will look like. Carterton District Council chief executive officer, Colin Wright, says now that it has appeared on the sky- line people are taking a lot more interest in the construction project. Several notable politicians and representatives from interested groups were given a tour yesterday by the architects, who took them through the site and described the form and function of the new build- ing. Carterton mayor Ron Mark and Wairarapa Labour Party candidate Michael Bott were on hand, as were people from various organisations that will use the facility. The Limelight Theatre has a show planned for November, which is not long after the venue s planned com- pletion date of September. Tim Asby of Opus Architecture says the project is on schedule and on budget so they are confident they will meet the September deadline. The Carterton Events Centre is the first civic building to be built in the town for more than 100 years and includes a 300-seat main auditorium. It is being built by Greytown-based firm Holmes Construction and employs mostly local subcontractors. There are about 30 people working on site at any one time. Much of the wood used in the construction is sourced from Juken New Zealand mill at Waingawa. The Carterton Library is being housed in the Masonic Hall across the road while construction is underway.
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