Nip­pers cater Plan meet­ing

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Chat­ting and snack­ing are two ways western ward res­i­dents can help their com­mu­nity tonight at the Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life­sav­ing Club.

Porirua City Coun­cil is host­ing a ca­sual meet­ing to help peo­ple un­der­stand its draft Long Term Plan, cur­rently out for public con­sul­ta­tion.

The fu­ture of many city ser­vices from li­brary hours to rub­bish bins is be­ing dis­cussed in the plan, which will de­cide the coun­cil’s spend­ing for the next 10 years.

Mean­while, the surf club’s nip- pers – trainee life­savers aged seven to 13 – will be serv­ing re­fresh­ments to raise money for new gear.

The 80-strong club needs $18,000 to buy soft­boards, club co-or­di­na­tor Paul Mcvicar says.

‘‘A lot of our nip­pers’ gear is old. We need spe­cialised equip­ment to teach the kids water safety and learn­ing from within the water.’’

Dur­ing the sum­mer the 75-yearold club pro­vides vol­un­teer week­end beach pa­trols, and the coun­cil con­tracts the club to do pa­trols dur­ing the week.

Western ward coun­cil­lor ’ Ana Cof­fey says hav­ing the com­mu­nity work with the coun­cil at the open day is a good ex­am­ple of what’s needed in fi­nal­is­ing the Long Term Plan.

‘‘This is a joint plan be­tween the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity so I hope peo­ple will call in and tell us whether they agree with the pro­pos­als we’ve out­lined in the draft. We’ve made the for­mat of this meet­ing less for­mal so that peo­ple who are not con­fi­dent ex­press­ing their views in a public meet­ing, can now do so on a face-to-face ba­sis with coun­cil­lors or of­fi­cers.’’

About 50 peo­ple turned up to a sim­i­lar north­ern ward meet­ing at the Light House cinema in Pau­ata­hanui last week.

The public can pop in tonight any time be­tween 5.30pm and 7.30pm and chat in­for­mally with coun­cil­lors.

Hard copies of the draft plan and sub­mis­sion forms will be avail­able to take away, and com­put­ers will be on hand for peo­ple to make their sub­mis­sions on­line.

Photo: AN­DREA O’NEIL

Meet­ing of minds: Ti­tahi Bay surf club’s trainee life­savers, the Nip­pers, with co-or­di­na­tor Paul Mcvicar, left, and Porirua City coun­cil­lor ’Ana Cof­fey. The Nip­pers will fundraise for new equip­ment by sell­ing food at a meet­ing tonight for res­i­dents in­ter­ested in the coun­cil’s draft long term plan.

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