Week­day life­guard­ing stays

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

More than $320,000 will be cut from Porirua City Coun­cil’s bud­get in the next fi­nan­cial year, but there have been U-turns on some items on the chop­ping board.

Among items cut, as coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Wendy Walker and her team aimed for a slimmed-down bud­get, was the $250,000 a year for in­or­ganic col­lec­tion ser­vice, $10,000 to mow the grass at Els­don Park, $8000 to clean the toi­lets at Whi­tireia Park and $20,000 was shaved from the com­mu­nity out­comes fund.

Porirua’s main li­brary and Can­nons Creek Pool will be closed on pub­lic hol­i­days, sav­ing ratepay­ers $13,000.

How­ever, An­nual Plan sub­mit­ters were up in arms about two ser­vices at Ti­tahi Bay beach that were down to be axed from the An­nual Plan. One was the $22,000 for week­day life-guard­ing and the other was $30,000 for war­dens. Both were re­tained.

The to­tal cuts from next year’s coun­cil bud­get rep­re­sented $321,000 in sav­ings.

On June 29, the coun­cil will of­fi­cially rat­ify the plan and strike the rate, which is ex­pected to be an av­er­age 3.3 per cent rise across the city.

Of the 1138 sub­mis­sions, 43 per cent came from the Eastern ward of Porirua; 17 per cent from the Western ward, and 18 per cent from the North­ern ward. The rest were from non-res­i­dents or uniden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions.

Ti­tahi Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club pa­trol cap­tain Nick Mulc­ahy says it is great news that Porirua City Coun­cil has re­tained its fund­ing for week­day life­guard­ing on the beach.

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