Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Council Agrees Annual Plan In One Day

Hutt City Mayor John Terris yesterday congratulated his Council for their co-operative approach to a difficult task after debate on the city's Annual Plan delivered a nil average residential rate increase and was concluded in just seven hours.

"There was plenty of robust debate but it remained amicable throughout and delivered the right result," Mayor Terris said

"We are, I believe, the only council in the country to deliver an average rate increase of zero over the past three years. Our intention is to try and benefit people on fixed incomes in particular. That is an achievement of which we can all be proud," said Mayor Terris.

"One of my personal aims has been to improve the facilities and services we provide for youth. I am particularly pleased that the Annual Plan contains provision for $90,000 to be used to fit and run a Youth Centre in the central city ($50,000 'new' money and $40,000 carried over from this financial year).

"We have also put $100,000 into developing a Safe City Strategy, which is aimed at making our city safer for all residents. Young people have made it clear that they want to be part of developing this strategy and I welcome their participation."

Other significant initiatives Council is funding include:
* $332,000 towards a programme to revitalise Jackson Street;
* $300,000 to complete refurbishment of the Little Theatre;
* $280,000 to be spent on upgrading Walter Nash Stadium;
* $50,000 for the libraries to purchase more books; and
* $250,000 to continue work on substandard roads.

"This Annual Plan is a very responsible one. We have been able to contain rates increases whilst ensuring that the city's economic and social progress is maintained and services standards are kept at current levels or better. Few councils could make such a claim."

We have also been able to give recognition to the fact that if we are to ensure Hutt City continues to be a great place to live, work and play, we need to look at projects that contribute to the vision of sustainable economic development," Mayor Terris said.

ENDS

Website: http://www.huttcity.govt.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news