Whangarei District’s Infrastructure and Services and Planning Committees met and discussed a range of items including the July storm updates, monthly reports and GMO.
27/08/2014 5:15 a.m.
The following matters were considered at Council’s Infrastructure and Services and Planning Committee meetings.
Infrastructure and Services Committee
Council approved the $83,000 contract for mechanical work at the Hatea Pump Station to South Pacific Industrial.
July storms update
Council received an update on the Civil Defence response to the major storms between 8 July and 19 July, and the impact on the storms on the District. About $2 million damage was suffered by the roading network, which also suffered $500,000 damage in a storm in June. The Kioreroa wastewater treatment plant processed 350,000,000 litres of water compared to the usual 70,000 it would process in the same period storm-free. The Hatea wastewater treatment plant processed 22,000,000 litres.
Applications for resource consent and subdivisions have both increased in the past month. Three Plan changes have been notified and progress has been made, developing a proposed Rural Plan Change. Building consent applications are also increasing, with work to the value of $17.96 million consented in June.
Community Advisory Groups
The contribution of Council’s Positive Aging Group, Youth Advisory Group and Disability Advisory Group were outlined, along with a plan for the three groups to meet jointly on a regular basis.
The committee approved Whangarei District Council’s submission to the Far North District Council’s proposed Plan Change, that would see provisions regarding the management of genetically modified organisms included in the Far North District Plan.
Wandering Stock at Mokau
The committee received a report on a long-term problem of stock wandering onto roads in the Mokau area and the way the issue is handled by Council’s animal control contractor.
New road name
A new private road at Marsden Road has been named Lakeside Park Road.
During the 2013-2014 financial year almost $1.8 million in community funding was distributed by the Community Services Department, including almost $55,000 for creative projects funded through the Creative New Zealand’s Creative Communities Scheme.
The committee received but did not adopt guidelines that recommend sourcing plants from the local ecology when undertaking re-vegetation programmes. Such plants, sourced locally, may be better adapted to local conditions and enhance local habitats.