Monday, 22 August 2011

WAIKOUAITI COAST COMMUNITY BOARD

by Gerard Collings, Chairperson

The recent snow events were a big wake up to all that winter is well
and truly here. The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (WCCB) wishes to
acknowledge the efforts of members of the Waikouaiti RSA, Waitati Fire
Brigade, and residents of Waitati who opened up their respective halls
and homes to accommodate, feed, and keep warm a significant number of
stranded motorists. At our August meeting the board agreed to make a
contribution towards the actual costs incurred by those involved.
Over the next two weeks I will be contacting those associated with
providing assistance to confirm details.

At our July and August meetings the WCCB received applications
totalling approximately $16,000 from community groups seeking funding
assistance from the board's $10,000 discretionary fund. While not
able to provide the level of support requested, the board was happy to
confirm assistance to:

East Otago Creative Fibre, Spinners and Weavers Society, Waikouaiti
Primary School, Waikouaiti RSA, Blueskin Playcentre, Warrington Surf
Life Saving Club, Waitati School PTA, Warrington School, and the
Hawksbury Lagoon Committee

The WCCB's scenic route working party in conjunction with the
Waikouaiti Museum Society is continuing work on setting up a local
information service at East Otago Events Centre in Waikouaiti during
the Rugby World Cup.

The Dunedin City Council (DCC) has agreed to underwrite a train from
Waitati to Dunedin on Rugby World Cup game days. It is unfortunate
that due to budget and timing difficulties it was considered not
feasible to extend the service to Waikouaiti and Palmerston.

The DCC has adopted the new freedom camping policy and the WCCB wishes
to hear from members of the community regarding possible sites within
our area suitable for freedom camping; I ask that suggestions are
forwarded to me by 31 August.

The DCC has completed its review of the Rural Fire Plan, a copy of
which is available through the council's website.

Copies of relevant documents out for consultation are available from
the council and through the website
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/council-online/currently-consulting-on

The WCCB's next meeting is at 5:30pm on 28 September 2011 at the
Warrington Surf Club rooms. Members of the public wishing to speak at
the public forum need to advise Jane Hinkley our Governance Support
Officer (Phone 474 3374) before 12 noon on the day prior to the
meeting.

Remember you can view the board's meeting agendas, reports and minutes
at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin libraries or through the DCC's
website at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-minutes

Members of the board are only too happy to hear (by phone or email)
from members of the community about any issues within our area. Board
contacts:

Home Work Mobile email
Gerard Collings (Chairperson), 4657604
4707494 0274848800 gerard.collings@xtra.co.nz
Alasdair Morrison (Deputy), 4822505 4822505 0274354384 info@calmarine.co.nz
Andy Barratt, 021890048 021890048 asbarratt@farmside.co.nz
Andrew Noone 4657157 0274301727 anoone@dcc.govt.nz
Geraldine Tait, 4822517 0212175492 gstait@clear.net.nz
Les Pullar, 4658138 0274358020 lesgwen.pullar@xtra.co.nz
Mark Brown, 4822833


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