An­nual plan up for dis­cus­sion

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Con­sul­ta­tion on Porirua City Coun­cil’s draft An­nual Plan has opened with pro­pos­als for cost re­duc­tions while en­sur­ing core in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment is main­tained.

A 5.03 per cent in­crease forecast in the Long-term Plan could drop to 3.7 per cent if the pro­pos­als in the draft An­nual Plan are adopted – with fur­ther op­tions to cut it to 2.85 per cent.

Mayor Nick Leggett urged res­i­dents to share their views.

‘‘The 2016-17 draft An­nual Plan in­cludes ef­fi­cien­cies and belt­tight­en­ing to limit our rates in­crease as much as pos­si­ble, while con­tin­u­ing to do vi­tal work and pro­vide ameni­ties that make this place spe­cial,’’ Leggett said.

‘‘We have gone through the books with a fine-tooth comb and teased out sav­ings of $1.5 mil­lion, which in­clude staff sav­ings, more ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tions and some in­creased fees and charges.

He said the coun­cil was not propos­ing a slash and burn ex­er­cise.

Rate in­creases could be even lower but that would re­quire cuts to some ser­vices.

The draft plan also asks the com­mu­nity for feed­back on whether the coun­cil should of­fer the liv­ing wage to coun­cil staff, whether to amal­ga­mate with Welling­ton, and fu­ture changes to rub­bish and re­cy­cling.

Sub­mis­sions on the draft An­nual Plan close on April 30.

More than 500 pri­mary school pupils got a chance to score their first try or goal at West­pac Sta­dium last week. Event or­gan­iser Patrick Simp­son said the Sport Welling­ton Sta­dium Sports Festival gave years 5 and 6 school chil­dren the chance to have a go at sports they might not have tried. It has been run­ning the event for 13 years. The young­sters could par­tic­i­pate in 20 sports dur­ing the day. ‘‘It is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren from dif­fer­ent schools to come to­gether to take part in new sports and be ac­tive while hav­ing fun,’’ he said.

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