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Key decisions from today’s Council meeting

Christchurch City Council met today and the following key decisions were made:

Netball courts at South Hagley Park
The Council asked that staff provide advice over Christchurch Netball’s request to erect fencing around some netball courts at South Hagley Park. Specifically, the Council requested advice on the implications of the Hagley Park Management Plan, potential consent issues and alternatives to the proposal. The Council also requested that staff seek the views of the community and stakeholder groups and report back to the Council.

Triennial agreement
The Council endorsed a draft triennial agreement, which specifies protocols for communication and coordination with the other local authorities in the Canterbury region. The Council also endorsed the Canterbury Mayoral Forum Charter of Purpose.

Sumner Community Centre
The Council requested a joint report from the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board and the Community Committee recommending the approval of the final design of the Sumner Community Centre rebuild. The report is sought by 30 June, 2014.

Exemplar housing projects
The Council approved a process for encouraging, evaluating and enabling the delivery of exemplar medium-density housing projects, as required by the Land Use Recovery Plan. The Council also requested an amendment to the criteria for exemplar housing proposals so that regard is given to the ability of a housing project to support Council’s strategic long-term objectives in relation to “greenfield” development of new neighbourhoods and key activity centres.

‘Living Wage’ for Council employees
The Council requested a full feasibility study, in time to inform the Long Term Plan, over the implications of implementing a “Living Wage” for Council employees who currently earn less than $18.40 per hour. The Council requested that the report include different options for implementing a “Living Wage” and also ensure that the Council meets its obligations under the Local Government Act 2002.

Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill No. 3
The Council adopted a draft submission on the Amendment Bill and authorised the Mayor and Councillor Jamie Gough to present the Council’s submission to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

Aranui Community Centre
The Council approved that staff progress with the detailed design, consent, tender and construction of the new Aranui Community Centre, on the site of 31 Hampshire Street, Aranui. The Council also approved—subject to confirmation from insurers and loss adjustors that the building no longer needs to be retained—the demolition of the Wainoni Aranui Family Centre, which currently occupies the site at 31 Hampshire Street, Aranui.

ENDS

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