Council likely to go ahead with six projects in its 10-year plan
Waipa¯ District Council has tentatively agreed to proceed with the six major proposals outlined in its draft 10-Year Plan.
Final decisions on what will be included in the Council’s 10-Year Plan will not be made until late June.
However, based on discussions last week it seems likely council will proceed with plans to upgrade three key streets in Te Awamutu — Market St, Ma¯ hoe St and Churchill St — plus invest in a new public space to link them together.
More council investment in heritage is also likely over the next decade. A proposal to spend an additional $3.6 million to preserve and enhance historical sites — including Waipa¯ ’s New Zealand Land Wars battleground sites — looks likely to get the nod. This proposal was strongly supported by the public with 70 per cent of submissions in support.
Councillors have tentatively indicated they will vote in favour of investing around $7.2 million into a new Te Awamutu-based Waipa¯ Discovery Centre to replace and enhance the existing museum.
Discussions also suggest councillors, backed by community support, are likely to change the way development contributions are recovered, with developers bearing the cost of interest and inflation.
They are also likely to set aside more than $4 million to protect and enhance the Cambridge Town Hall, a category two historic building. This proposal was also supported by the majority of submitters.
Council wants to grant $500,000 towards a new¯sport and recreation centre at Ohaupo¯. However, in response to community feedback, it will do further investigation and consultation with the community over the next year as to how the contribution will be funded.
Council discussed supporting a pump track in Cambridge. It is also considering allocating $50,000 each year for earthquake strengthening halls.
Council is looking to support the Cambridge Historical Society’s application for a grant towards a museum extension.
Discussions also included increasing both the Cambridge and Te Awamutu i-SITE operating costs budget by $30,000.
Final impact on projected rates would be taken into account before the plan is approved in June.