Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Waikouaiti Coast Community Board

By Gerard Collings, chairperson, Waikouaiti Coast Community Board


A big thank you to all those who attended the community funding seminar at the East Otago Events on February 8. Representatives from Otago Community Trust, Lotteries, COGS, Sport Otago, Creative Communities NZ and the DCC were extremely pleased with the community response; the key message from these agencies on the night was that they encourage groups to contact them to seek guidance prior to lodging applications.

At our January meeting the Board was pleased to confirm its support for the Waitati Fire Brigade's bid to add a medical response capability to the local unit. 

I am yet to receive the staff report relating to consultation on the proposed Harvey Street footpath between Orokonui Road and the entrance of Blueskin Nurseries.  I have however been advised by staff that the final pre-tender cost estimates for the programme indicate it is unlikely this work will be able to be undertaken this financial year. A staff report will be presented to our February 29 meeting.

In response to issues raised in a New Zealand Transport Agency Audit, DCC have been installing road marker posts on a number of roads throughout the city. Staff have responded to a number of issues with the placement of the markers on Coast Road and where appropriate have made changes to the positioning of the markers.  I am however disappointed that it appears some members of the community appear to have removed markers of their own accord. The markers have been installed for road safety and it is a chargeable offence to interfere with them.  I ask that residents with concerns about the placement of the markers raise these with staff, a Board member, or me.

 DCC is in the process of finalising its new 2012 – 2022 Long Term Plan (LTP). Public consultation on the LTP is scheduled to commence in March and we encourage members of the community to participate in this process.

Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from Council and through Council's website

The Board's next meeting is at 5.30pm, 29 February at the Events Centre, Waikouaiti. Then 5.30pm 11 April 2012 at the Warrington Surf Club. Members of the public are welcome to speak at the Board's public forum, however those wishing to do so 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 Boards meeting agendas, reports and minutes at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin Libraries or through the DCC's website at ""

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





The Board

Gerard Collings (Chairperson)




Alasdair Morrison (Deputy)




Andy Barratt




Andrew Noone




Geraldine Tait




Les Pullar




Mark Brown






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