Coun­cil likely to go ahead with six projects in its 10-year plan

Waipa Post - - Letters To The Editor -

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.

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