Coun­cil­lors may add an ex­tra $2.56m to 10-year plan bud­get

Waipa Post - - News -

Waipa¯ District coun­cil­lors have in­di­cated they may add a fur­ther $2.56 mil­lion to the draft 10-Year Plan bud­get be­fore it is con­firmed at the end of this month.

Last week’s Strate­gic Plan­ning and Pol­icy Com­mit­tee meet­ing in­di­cated strong sup­port for five of the six ma­jor pro­pos­als out­lined by coun­cil in its draft 10-Year Plan.

The proposal to pro­vide a $500,000 grant to a new O¯ haupo¯ sport and re­cre­ation cen­tre was also sup­ported, but coun­cil staff have been di­rected to re­view the catch­ment area for ratepayers con­tribut­ing.

Fol­low­ing sub­mis­sions and de­lib­er­a­tions, de­vel­op­ment of the Te Awa­mutu town cen­tre has been brought for­ward a year. Work also looks set to start ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated on a new Waipa¯ Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in or­der to ap­ply for ex­ter­nal fund­ing.

Some new projects, not de­tailed in the con­sul­ta­tion ma­te­rial, also have gained sup­port. They in­clude new pub­lic toi­lets in Piron­gia ($250,000), in­creased fund­ing for the district’s two i-Sites (a fur­ther $30,000 each per year) and a one-off grant of $6000 to Cre­ative Waikato.

Coun­cil also looks likely to give $750,000 to the Cam­bridge His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety to help build a brand new mu­seum in Cam­bridge. A fur­ther one-off $50,000 grant to as­sist the Cam­bridge mu­seum with plan­ning for its pro­posed new build­ing is also be­ing con­sid­ered.

Coun­cil­lors have also in­di­cated they will con­trib­ute $150,000 for a memorial war mu­seum to be built in Le Ques­noy, France.

This grant would be con­tin­gent upon project plans be­ing ap­proved by French au­thor­i­ties.

In ad­di­tion, coun­cil is keen to sup­port a sub­mis­sion from the Brian Perry Char­i­ta­ble Trust by pro­vid­ing a $100,000 grant each year over three years to run a week-long cy­cling fes­ti­val which will at­tract na­tional and in­ter­na­tional visi­tors and con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the lo­cal econ­omy.

De­spite these ex­tra projects be­ing in­cluded, as well as other changes made to the draft plan, Waipa¯’s aver­age an­nual rates in­crease over 10 years is look­ing to be 1.46 per cent (with­out water charges), com­pared to the 1.53 per cent pre­vi­ously fore­cast.

Coun­cil will ap­prove the fi­nal 10-Year Plan bud­get at its coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, June 26.

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