Annual Plan 2016/17
After receiving input from more than a thousand residents and ratepayers, the Council recently signed off on the Annual Plan, setting out a demanding and exciting year of work ahead. It delivers on our priorities of putting children at the heart of city decisions; a healthy and protected harbour and catchment; a growing prosperous and regionally connected city; and a great village and city experience.
Average property rates will rise by 3.3 per cent, down from the 5.03 per cent rise forecast in the Long-term Plan 2015-25. This demanded cutbacks in some areas, including decisions to:
- Discontinue inorganic Waste collection
- Close the Porirua Main library and Cannons Creek Pool on public holidays; and
- Reduce spending on gardens/landscaped areas.
Much loved services such as lifeguards and wardens at Titahi Bay Beach were retained after community feedback.
We have some big projects to do, including City Centre Revitalisation the wet play area and sound stage at Aotea Lagoon, a diving platform at Paremata and development of the Porirua Outdoor Recreation Park on the hills behind Tawa and Porirua. We are also investing heavily in our core infrastructure, with $18 million budgeted for transport, water supply, stormwater, wastewater and treatment plant improvements.
Transmission Gully motorway construction is underway and the Council is funding close to $4 million for local link roads which will open up our city to a larger market and more opportunities.
Increase for Those on Low Wages
We will be contributing $200,000 to improve the wages of staff at or around the minimum wage, in response to submissions made by the Living Wage Movement.
Working for the Future
While the Local Government Commission’s council amalgamation proposal failed, there is still a considerable amount of work going on in this area. We continue to consider alternative merger options and better cross-council delivery of services. Porirua is a small city and other models of working may ease the burden on ratepayers. Preparations are also underway for the local body elections in October.