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

 


Committee Highlights 10 and 11 October 2012

Committee Highlights


10 and 11 October 2012


Environment and Policy Committee

Parking Fees in the CBD

Parking fees were raised from $1 per hour to $2 per hour in the CBD in July to increase income from fees and reduce rate increases. It was assumed the higher fee would result in a revenue increase of at least 50%. Revenue from fees has increased but not to that level.

Three reports went to the committee this week including a petition forwarded by Mayor Meng Foon with 69 signatures asking Council to take the fee back to $1. There was also a report from Councillor Manu Caddie and a staff report.

Decision

Staff will work with Heart of Gisborne and report back to Council with an analysis of the situation, the potential impact on CBD businesses and alternative policy proposals.

Crown Minerals Bill

The issuing of royalties was raised in a submission by Local Government New Zealand on the Crown Minerals Bill. Council has prepared a submission that builds on that.

It suggests that a proportion of royalties be payable to local councils in whose area the mineral extraction activities take place. This is to provide for local benefits to the community that may be adversely affected by the activity and to support the Council that is likely to incur costs as a result of local exploration initiatives.

Decision

The committee endorsed the staff submission on the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill as a Council submission.

Operations

Who won the tenders

• For trenchless wastewater pipeline renewals in Customhouse Street and The Esplanade Hydrotech Drainage and Plumbing Ltd.

• For 52km of sealed road resurfacing in 2012/13 the tender was awarded to Downer New Zealand.

NZ Transport Agency – State Highway Safety Projects

Ken Holst, NZ Transport Agency Traffic and Safety Engineer, discussed upcoming road safety projects for the Gisborne district including:

• proposed speed reductions at Tolaga Bay and Wainui

• relocation of speed signs at Makaraka

• Intersection SH2/Salesyards Awapuni Road passing bay

• Awapuni School road safety improvements

• Esplanade/Wainui Road (SH35) intersection changes

Rural Transfer Stations changes

Since changes were introduced to Council’s rural transfer stations on 1 October rubbish volumes have dropped, Ruatoria residents are using their kerbside collection more instead of travelling to the transfer station and composting courses have been well attended.

Other things to note:

• Mailing out refuse stickers will be reviewed as it is hindering Council’s ability to send out rates invoices electronically.

• There will be additional opening hours over Christmas/New Year from Saturday 22 December 2012 to Friday 18 January 2013 in Te Araroa, Te Puia Springs, Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay transfer stations. These areas tend to get large number of visitors/campers at this time of year.

• Skip bins at Onepoto Bay and Waipiro Bay will no longer be provided.

Finance and Monitoring Committee

Gisborne Holdings Annual report

Council owns Gisborne Holdings which operates Tauwhareparae Farms.

The farms had a good result from their farming operations in the last 12 months. Council gets a $2.017 million return on its investment this year; more than $1million above what was expected. The farms pay Council a dividend equal to 70 percent of cashflow profits.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news