Wairarapa News : January 18th 2012
24 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 18, 2012 NEWS Masterton District Council NOTICES Informing the Community Call Centre 06 370 6300 // Fax 06 378 8400 email email@example.com // www.mstn.govt.nz 3584825AU Masterton's resident's gardens are looking great at present. Helped by the weather, trees, shrubs and hedges are growing so quickly it is hard to keep up with trimming. This growth in some instances has meant that trees, shrubs and hedges are encroaching on footpaths at a level that hinders access. There is nothing more disconcerting than a slap in the face from wet foliage. Council requests residents to ensure that trees, shrubs and hedges are trimmed back to the boundary to a height of 2.1metres. For safety purposes, if you have trees with branches near powerlines you should contact Powerco, phone: 0800 769 371 or www.powerco.nz for a list of qualified experienced contractors to carry out the work. If you would like further clarification, please contact the Masterton District Council call centre, phone: 06 370 6300. Sue Southey MANAGER ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING OVERHANGING TREES, SHRUBS, HEDGES 3850156AN MASTERTON SEED & PETS 126 Dixon Street, Masterton. Ph 06 377 4236 THE CUTEST MOGGIES INSTORE NOW! SEED BELLS LARGE SECONDS BUDGIES,COCKATIEL, PARROT THESE ARE HUGE - YOUR BIRD WILL BE VERY HAPPY! JUST $6 $85 EACH -VET CHECKED -VACCINATED -DE-FLEAD AND DE-WORMED -KITTEN FOOD -CARRY BOX ROCKED: Vivian Allanson and her grandson Rory, 7, and Brooke, 5, with the hand- crafted rocking horse they won in an Alzheimer's Wairarapa fundraiser raffle. Alzheimers Wairarapa wish to thank all those who gave materials and those who also bought tickets. The winner was drawn under police supervision and published on December 20. Giddy up Irrigation project a boost for region By GARRY DANIELL Masterton mayor On track: Work on the new purpose-built drag strip is well under way. MASTERTON DISTRICT COUNCIL MATTERS The project that will have the greatest long-term benefit for the Wairarapa is the Wairarapa Irri- gation project. The studies on progress are due to be reported back early in the new year and when implemented will have a profound effect on our future. In other parts of New Zealand, the opportunity to use irrigated land to ensure growth in the dry seasons has provided jobs for hun- dreds of people directly from more intensive land use and indirectly from businesses supporting farm- ing operations. There will be wide-ranging ben- efit from families involved in the new industries to help grow our population and give long-term prosperity to the region. In North Wairarapa the poten- tial development of the Castle Hill wind farm is a major project and if consented, will bring many years of work to the area. This will involve a range of con- tractors from roading, to the con- struction of the towers, through to the development of the high volt- age power lines and bring further employment opportunities to the district. We are pleased that the Rivers- dale Beach Wastewater project is now operational and this coming year should see the majority of the houses there connect to the scheme. The huge Homebush wastewater scheme is now well under way and this coming year should see the advancement of much of the project objectives to improve the water quality in the Ruamahanga River. Masterton has subscribed to the Local Government Funding Agency and competitively priced borrowing for projects such as this could be accessed from February. Infrastructure within Masterton is progressively being repaired or replaced after some years of determining priorities within the water and sewer net- work. By the middle of 2012 the first phases of the Ultrafast Broadband Initiative will be oper- ational in the Masterton urban area, particularly to the busi- nesses in the central business dis- trict and to most of the schools throughout the district. Reseals on roads and footpaths had been held back until the vari- ous replacement of pipes and the laying of the fibre network had taken place and so double the usual amount of urban reseal will occur this coming year along with a footpath reseal after the replace- ment of the parking meters in the central business district. We will see the completion of the all-weather athletic track early in the new year. The Motorplex complex should be operational in 2012. Our new community centre in Perry Street is about to open with a full com- plement of organisations joining the facility. The council's investment in the refurbishment of Mawley Park is already showing benefits while the location of the park adjacent to the cental business district and the recreational activities should give major events like the World Golden Shears Championships and a future Colgate Games accommodation options. Co-operation with the other Wairarapa councils continues, fol- lowing on from the Combined Wairarapa District Plan, the joint solid waste contract and the Rural Fire and Civil Defence adminis- tration being centralised. A study on options for further co-operation on functions and services is scheduled to be com- pleted by the end of April. All three councils are required to complete their 10-year plan forecast by the end of June and we will welcome input from the vari- ous sectors of our community. The key challenge for this plan will be meeting the need to main- tain the community infrastructure to the benefit of our residents and environment, while keeping costs at an affordable level. Of course the year ahead is not without its challenges. We must ensure our young people are either in education, training or employment. The council has the difficult task of keeping rates affordable and this could involve some reduction in traditional spending The Masterton District Council has made significant progress in many areas in the past year and these efforts will provide a plat- form for the times ahead which along with a number of important initiatives will enable the district and region to build resilience and prosperity for the future.
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