Saturday, 23 February 2013


by Gerard Collings
 At the January meeting of the Waikouaiti Coast Community Board (WCCB) we considered a request from the Waitati Hall committee to have the bottle bank removed from the Waitati Hall car park.  The hall committee expressed concern about the amount of refuse being left beside the bottle bank.  After considering the issues raised by the committee, and the kerbside collection now available, the board somewhat reluctantly agreed to have the skip removed on a trial basis.
Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff have provided advice on a suitable replacement for the bottle bank, and have been asked to investigate and advise on suitable locations within the board's area for placement.  They recommend the placement of a LoveNZ bottle bank in close proximity to a community hub so that it can be easily monitored.  The WCCB would like to hear from members of the community with a response to the following questions:
  1. Do you want a facility such as this within your community?
  2. If yes to 1 above, where do you think it should be placed?

Please direct your response either in writing or by phone to DCC's Waste Strategy Officer (Catherine Irvine) at email:, or PO Box 5045, Dunedin 9058, or phone 477 4000.
We request that responses be with Catherine no later than 31 March 2013.
 The WCCB was pleased to be able to provide assistance from our discretionary fund to:
  • Blueskin A & P Society – to assist with advertising this year's show;
  • Alex Whitaker – to help fund a tekoteko for the new Blueskin Library;
  • Waitati Beach Reserve Society – to assist in repairing the access road to Doctors Point Beach.
DCC will issue the 2013-14 draft Annual Plan (AP) for public consultation at the beginning of March.  Submissions open 9 March and close 9 April 2013 at 5pm.  Unfortunately, the date of the Blueskin show will not provide an opportunity to present the draft AP.  The draft AP will be available at the library and as always board members are happy to hear from members of the community who want further information.  I strongly urge you all to take the time to make yourself familiar with the draft AP's content and participate in the consultation process.
 A number of members of the community have approached board members regarding recent changes to the Ministry of Education school bus service.  The board has written to the ministry questioning what appears to be inequity between students using the service. As yet we have not received a response.
 The Blueskin Bay Library extension is due for completion late March early April.
 Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the council and through the council's website
 The board's next meeting is at 5:30pm, 13 March 2013, at the Waitati Hall; our following meeting will be at 5:30pm, 10 April,  at the East Otago Events Centre, Waikouaiti.  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, (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
 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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