Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
23 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 3694246AA 3. Council will continue to advocate issues on behalf of its community. This includes having a voice on the Wellington Regional Growth Strategy, working collaboratively in a joint committee with Carterton and Masterton District Councils in administering the joint Wairarapa District Plan, reviewing the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and participating in shared services with neighbouring councils in the interests of achieving possible cost savings. A review of Council s Revenue and Financing Policy (Funding Policy) is planned for the year. Ideas being considered include targeted rates for local economic development activities and speci c area based services such as rural re protection. Governance/Leadership/Advocacy 2011/12 Plan Highlights This year there are likely to be changes to the three key pieces of legislation relating to public protection: the Sale of Liquor Act, Food Act, and the Building Act. The Council will work with the other local authorities in the region and with central government to review and update our processes to implement any new requirements. For businesses in the district this may mean changes to the way we issue food and liquor licences. We will be working closely with business owners and operators to make sure they have time to adapt to any changes. The Council is an accredited Building Control Authority and this year we will be undergoing the two-yearly accreditation process. To maintain accreditation we are required to have external auditors to come and review our processes and practices. We have allocated $20,000 in the budget for this work. Bylaws are an important mechanism for ensuring public protection. In 2011/12 the Council will review our bylaws to ensure they are meeting the needs of residents and visitors to the district. Public Protection In 2010/11 the Wairarapa Combined District Plan became operative. It is the rst combined plan in New Zealand and provides for much greater consistency across the Wairarapa in relation to resource consent requirements and decisions. In 2011/12 the three Wairarapa Councils will start the process to change parts of the operative plan where the need for a change has been identi ed but has been on hold waiting for the plan to become operative. This year we will be reviewing our Coastal and Rural Reserve Management Plan. We will also be putting in place the plans and processes to make sure that all of the Council s reserve management plans are translated to appropriate on-the- ground works and maintenance in our reserves. We will also work with the community to develop a consistent approach to how volunteer groups can be involved with Council reserves. Resource Management Asset management planning for buildings and reserves will be a focus for 2011/12. It is important to know the real lifetime costs of facilities such as playgrounds, halls, and pools to ensure their continuance and upkeep through appropriate allowances. In 2011/12 Council will also need to consider what work will be required in relation to earthquake strengthening of council buildings. The Greytown campground is an iconic part of council s reserves. In 2011/12 an updated lease and facilities upgrade will be fundamental to the continuation of the opportunities the site provides. Amenities 3 Roading is a vital element to enable social and economic development. With a vast road network and limited money consideration needs to be given to sustainability of maintaining roads over the long term. In 2010/11 storms closed sections of road which has an e ect on regional Land Transport Council will continue its involvement in economic development both regionally and locally through the Wellington Regional Strategy, Wairarapa Chamber of Commerce and other agencies and local business groups. Council will also continue to support and promote district tourism through its funding of Destination Wairarapa (budget $110,646 plus GST). Economic, Cultural & Community Development viticulture, agriculture and horticulture as well as industrial enterprises. In 2011/12 Council will focus on applying to attract maximum subsidies in the areas of drainage, bridging, road safety and maintenance. Land Transport NZ has removed the seal extension subsidy inde nitely on all road classes, including Special Purpose Roads.
May 18th 2011