Council’s Strategic Planner, Tiffany Gower, said the public will also have the opportunity to provide early input into Council’s Long-Term Plan 2021-2041, which Council will begin developing later this year.
“We’re keen to hear about the major issues you think we need to consider as part of our next Long Term Plan, and the key challenges and opportunities facing our district,” she said.
The consultation document proposes a rates income increase of 6.90% …
“It’s not an average rate increase for properties across the district,” Mr Law said … the valuations will affect communities across the district differently, depending on whether property values in the area have risen more or less than the district average.
In … Waikawa Beach, values have gone up by less than the district average and rates will either only have a small increase, stay the same, or may even decrease.”
From Wednesday 25 March, the Annual Plan consultation document, What’s Our Plan 2020/2021, and the draft Annual Plan will be available on Council’s website at horowhenua.govt.nz/AnnualPlan2020/2021.
Consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020.
We’ll add links to the plan and the Plan itself to this post once they’re available.
Today the Prime Minister announced a 4 level alert system for the Covid-19 pandemic response. We are now at Level 2 which recommends high-risk people stay at home. That includes those over 70 and with health problems.
In light of that, and given that things are unlikely to return to ‘normal’ very soon we have cancelled both the Easter and Queen’s Birthday committee meetings.
We have also cancelled the anticipated hard rubbish collection.
We recommend that you keep an eye out for neighbours who may need help, take walks in the fresh air, but give people space, and reach out if you need help yourself.
Many councils around NZ are closing facilities like libraries and swimming pools — we’re very lucky to have a largely empty beach as our playground.
There’s no better time than now to get to know your neighbours, start a Neighbourhood Support group or update your group contact details. Together let’s REACH OUT, LOOK OUT, and HELP OUT to keep our communities safe, resilient and connected. 🏘
Please make sure that you adhere to the Ministry of health guidelines when you meet people and enter into gatherings. Also remember that the most at risk are the Elderly, young and those with already existing health problems.
As always, please stay up-to-date on the latest news at the above link so that you continue to make well informed decisions.
Please remember their are always little things we can do to help others. Collect groceries for those that may be self Isolating, Making a meal for someone, sometimes even ringing a Neighbour and seeing if they are ok.
If you know of anyone that may need some assistance please let me know and I will do my best to assist.
On Tuesday, 17 March 2020 John Hewitson and Miraz Jordan met with Robyn de la Haye (Essence design), Ben Wood (HDC Property and Parks Officer) and Stephan Titze (HDC Property and Parks Project Lead) about the usage and proposed improvement of toilet facilities at Hank Edwards Reserve. The following report was provided by Stephan Titze: