Friday, 23 November 2012


by Gerard Collings, Chair
With the festive season almost now upon us I would like to take the opportunity to extend the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board's best wishes to you all.   We trust the holiday season will be a safe and happy one.   I'd further like to extend our thanks to all the volunteers, community groups  and organisations within our area; your contribution to the wellbeing and social fabric of our community should never be underestimated.   Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all.
At our November meeting the Board considered a funding application from the Warrington reserve group for the formation of a new parking area.  The Board were please to be able to allocate $2,400 to this project. Community groups are reminded that funding application forms are available through the Dunedin City Council's website.
The Board have been in discussion with the Waitati Hall committee and DCC staff to consider the use of the hall toilets for the general public during daylight hours.  DCC staff have raised a number of operational issues that require further discussion; it does, however, appear that the limitations of the existing infrastructure is likely to mean that this extended use is not feasible.
Both the Board and DCC staff expressed disappointment at the initial reinstatement work to the grass verge of the new Harvey Street footpath.  Staff advise that they have raised the matter with the contractor who was instructed to reinstate to an acceptable standard. 
As part of the annual plan process, over the next month the Board will be considering our initial presentation to the DCC with regard to their preparation of the draft annual plan 2013-14.  Every year the Board has the opportunity to make a presentation to the Council late in January prior to Council adopting the draft plan for public consultation. I would like to hear from community groups or individuals with concerns, issues, and/or projects relevant to the draft annual plan so that the Board may consider raising those matters at an early stage in the process. 
Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the Council office and through Council's website
The Board's next meeting is at 5:30pm 30 January 2013 at the Karitane Hall.  Members of the public are welcome to speak at the Board's public forum, however those wishing to do so need to advise Wendy Collard, our Governance Support Officer (ph 4743374), 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
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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