Thursday, 22 November 2007

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (column)

Following the recent election we have a new Board in place. We are
here to represent you and we are keen to hear from you on any issues
you may have which are within our jurisdiction. We are also most keen
to hear your opinions about how we can best communicate with the
residents of the north coast area.
Meetings
As in previous years the location for our formal Community Board
Meetings will be shared around the different townships.
The schedule for 2008 is :
23rd January - Waitati Hall
5th March - Waikouaiti Golf Club
16th April - Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club
11th June - Karitane Hall
16th July - DCC Civic Centre
3rd September - Waitati Hall
8th October - Waikouaiti Golf Club
19th November - Warrington Surf Lifesaving Club
Our meetings are held on Wednesdays and commence at 5.30 pm with a
Public Forum. If you would like to speak at the public forum please
contact Rebecca Parata on 477 4000 at least a couple of days in
advance to make arrangements.
Water upgrade
It is expected that the tender for the Northern Water Schemes Upgrade
pipeline will be let later this month, subject to satisfactory
pricing. Construction is expected to start in January. The upgrade of
the Waikouaiti water treatment plant will be put out to tender prior
to Christmas.
Visitor stragegy
The Board has made a submission to the DCC Draft Visitor Strategy.
This is a comprehensive document which looks at many aspects of what
the wider Dunedin area has to offer visitors to the area, both now and
well into the future. The document is available at the Waikouaiti and
Blueskin Bay Libraries and also on the DCC website –
www.cityofdunedin.co.nz
Landscape Plan
We look forward with interest to the release of information relating
to the proposed Rural/Landscape Plan Change. It is likely that there
will be keen interest in this and we would expect to be involved in
significant public consultation.
Other projects
We are looking closely at all aspects of roading, road safety,
pedestrian and cyclist safety and pedestrian access throughout the
north coast area. We propose to have information relating to road
safety issues on Beach Street, Waikouaiti displayed at the Waikouaiti
library prior to Christmas and we will be seeking public comment on
this.
Some of our Board Members attended a Climate Change and Peak Oil
Symposium in Dunedin on 30th November. We will provide a summary of
this in our next report.
Recycling
The Bottle Bank which was previously located at Evansdale has been
removed to storage in Dunedin until a suitable alternative site can be
found. (Bottle bank = glass recycling bins). We would welcome any
constructive suggestions or offers for a new location.
In October the Board provided a mulching machine for the Warrington
Community Clean-up days. This was to encourage people to dispose of
green waste to the mulcher, rather than into the rubbish skips. We
would like to hear your views on how this went.
Contact us
Please feel free to contact any of your Board members with any issues,
comments or suggestions you may have.
Alasdair Morrison, Chairperson - Ph 482 2505
Geraldine Tait, Deputy Chairperson - Ph 482 2517
Andy Barratt - Ph 021 890 048
Gerard Collings - Ph 465 7604
Nancy Higgins - Ph 482 1198
Murray Holland - Ph 465 7482
Cr. Andrew Noone - Ph 465 7157

And finally, on behalf of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, I wish
you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.
by Alasdair Morrison

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