Splash pad vi­sion in sub­mis­sions

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The dream is not over for Elaine Thom­sen.

The Pukerua Bay res­i­dent raised the idea of a splash pad for Porirua this time last year.

She has seen the fun her grand­chil­dren have at the splash pad at Rau­mati Beach, where they tear around among wa­ter can­nons, spray­ing jets and tip­ping buck­ets.

It didn’t pass muster dur­ing last year’s Porirua City Coun­cil an­nual plan sub­mis­sion pe­riod, but a hand­ful of sub­mis­sions to this year’s draft plan have kept the idea alive.

Thom­sen, who didn’t make com­ment for a splash pad this year, said it was won­der­ful people were still think­ing about it.

‘‘I’ve seen how much use the Rau­mati one gets and how much fun it is for the kids. If there’s enough will for it, maybe one could be built next to Te Rau­paraha Arena.

‘‘ It needs to be looked af­ter prop­erly, but it would be an as­set and an at­trac­tion for the city.’’

The six sub­mis­sions in favour of a splash pad had 64 sig­na­tures at­tached.

This year there were 86 sub­mis­sions to the coun­cil’s draft an­nual plan, which is fore­cast­ing a 4.3 per cent rates rise for the city.

Re­plac­ing the Canopies, set­ting money aside for Trans­mis­sion Gully link roads, join­ing the re­gional ameni­ties fund and join­ing Ca­pac­ity are the big­bud­get items.

There were 16 sub­mis­sions op­pos­ing rates in­creases, 18 in favour of a moun­tain­bike park at Colo­nial Knob and 15 against flu­o­ride in wa­ter.

‘‘I rec­om­mend that your coun­cil end wa­ter flu­o­ri­da­tion per­ma­nently, be­cause of the grow­ing weight of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence show­ing harm to hu­man health,’’ said Noel­ing Gannaway.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has said pre­vi­ously he is not op­posed to flu­o­ride in the re­gion’s wa­ter.

‘‘ Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board [of which he is a board mem­ber] reaf­firmed its de­ci­sion to sup­port flu­o­ride re­cently,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not against the com­mu­nity de­bat­ing it, but in­stead of in­di­vid­u­als and ac­tion groups mak­ing sub­mis­sions to an­nual plans, let’s see if they have enough num­bers to get a re­gional ref­er­en­dum go­ing.’’

Thirty-six sub­mit­ters will speak to their draft an­nual plan sub­mis­sions this week.

Af­ter the hear­ings, the coun­cil will adopt the fi­nalised plan in June.

Splash fun: The Rau­mati Beach splash pad. Elaine Thom­sen would love to see one in Porirua.

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