10-year plan sets dis­trict’s fu­ture

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Waipa¯'s coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously adopted the coun­cil's 10-Year Plan last week, ap­prov­ing an av­er­age an­nual rates in­crease of 1.46 per cent for the next decade.

The plan con­firms sup­port for five of the six ma­jor projects the coun­cil out­lined in its con­sul­ta­tion ma­te­rial. While coun­cil has sup­ported the $500,000 grant to a new O¯ haupo¯ sport and re­cre­ation cen­tre, the catch­ment area for con­tribut­ing ratepay­ers will be re­viewed.

After hear­ing feed­back from the com­mu­nity coun­cil added to the bud­get, find­ing funds to new pub­lic toi­lets in Piron­gia ($250,000), in­creas­ing fund­ing for the dis­trict's two i-Sites (a fur­ther $30,000 each a year) and sub­ject to ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning, has granted $800,000 to the Cam­bridge His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to help build a new mu­seum in Cam­bridge.

Coun­cil­lors also agreed to con­trib­ute $150,000 for a memo­rial war mu­seum in Le Ques­noy, France, con­tin­gent upon fundrais­ing tar­gets be­ing met and the project be­ing con­firmed and ap­proved by French au­thor­i­ties.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil will also give $100,000 per year for three years to the Three Peaks Ride: New Zealand Cy­cling Fes­ti­val.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest said the of­fi­cial sign off is the start of some­thing very ex­cit­ing for Waipa¯ .

“Our story for the next 10 years in­cludes the largest cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture coun­cil has ever com­mit­ted to. The bulk of this is go­ing to­wards build­ing core in­fra­struc­ture which means we can be ready for the growth com­ing our way,” he says.

“It's fan­tas­tic to see the com­mu­nity has sup­ported some sig­nif­i­cant com­mu­nity projects that will make sure our dis­trict con­tin­ues to be a cham­pion place to be. By tak­ing a care­ful look at our fi­nances, we've man­aged to keep our av­er­age an­nual rates in­creases at an af­ford­able level.

“We are well be­low our pru­dent level of debt and means we are in a great po­si­tion for the next 10 years.”

Ratepay­ers can check their rates via an on­line cal­cu­la­tor which shows ex­pected rates in­creases for the next 10 years. The cal­cu­la­tor on fu­ture­waipa.co.nz is now live and out­lines the ap­proved 10-Year Plan bud­get in de­tail.

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