From Your Mayor

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON FARMING -

Tena koutou ka­toa s Greet­ings to you all

The coun­cil is am­bi­tious for growth in our district and is look­ing for or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fi­cien­cies that help us achieve th­ese am­bi­tions.

The re­cent Coun­cilMARK as­sess­ment recog­nised our de­sire for growth in two ar­eas; pop­u­la­tion and econ­omy.

We want new fam­i­lies to move to our district and set­tle in to our won­der­ful, friendly towns.

Th­ese peo­ple might work lo­cally and, in do­ing so, not have to put up with traf­fic jams or too many road dis­rup­tions.

We are a coun­try known for its pNo.8 wireq men­tal­ity and I love that our district is a fast adopter of new ideas.

The re­port ac­knowl­edged the coun­cil for util­is­ing levers from the re­sources avail­able and we cer­tainly do make a dif­fer­ence through in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies.

For in­stance, the coun­cil uses drones to give us a very quick up­date on land­slips and this re­lieves the need to put a per­son over a bank or in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion.

A drone can be sent up within ten min­utes of be­ing on­site to iden­tify is­sues rapidly; en­abling us to bet­ter plan and en­sure our roads are open in the best pos­si­ble time­frame.

The drones have also proved ben­e­fi­cial for in­spect­ing un­der bridges, col­lect­ing vis­ual ev­i­dence and help­ing au­di­tors iden­tify the re­main­ing life in our dis­tric­tos costly in­fra­struc­ture.

We have a sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in our bridges with de­pre­ci­a­tion of th­ese as­sets be­ing one of the key driv­ers of rates.

By us­ing tech­nol­ogy, we can bet­ter un­der­stand our net­works, keep staff safe and bring ben­e­fit to our ratepay­ers.

Noho ora mai s all the best Tracey Collis Eke­tahuna Com­mu­nity Board - Fri­day 7 De­cem­ber at 10.00am

Eke­tahuna War Me­mo­rial Hall Cor­ner of Jones Street and State High­way 2, Eke­tahuna

Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Board at 1.00pm - Mon­day 3 De­cem­ber

Tararua District Coun­cil Cham­ber Woodville Dis­tricts| Vi­sion 7.00pm Ross Street, Woodville 136 Main Street, Pahiatua - Tues­day 4 De­cem­ber at

Woodville Sports Sta­dium Sup­per Room Pahiatua On Track - Wednes­day 5 De­cem­ber at 7.00pm Pahiatua Ser­vice Cen­tre Cham­ber

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