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A new approach to keeping Gisborne on the move
12 Feb 2015
Over the past 2 years the  NZ Transport Agency and Council have been working towards a collaborative approach for delivering maintenance, operations and renewal programmes over the combined state highway and local roading network in Gisborne. The goal is to deliver these services more efficiently and cost effectively, and provide a better experience for our customers. Read more >>
Repair to beach walkway
10 Feb 2015
A section of the Turanganui river walkway is closed while contractors repair cracks in the path. The cracked section of pavement, along ‘The Cut’ near the statue of James Cook, has been an issue since it was completed in 2012. “The original contractors in partnership with Aitkens Concrete recently approached Council with an offer to re-lay the section at their own cost,” says project manager Kylie Cranston. “It is great to see our local contractors recognising the importance of high quality cycle and walkways to our community.” A 100m section of the path is closed to the public during construction which will take about 2 weeks dependant on good weather. Site preparation for the Oneroa cycle and walkway from Waikanae to Midway beach will also begin this month. “A number of weed species will be removed from the back edge of the dune as the first stage in an ongoing project to restore the natural dune habitat. “An ecological assessment has identified a number of invasive species in the dune which take away habitat from the more sensitive native species. “A small amount of tree work will also take place to prepare the site for construction,” says Ms Cranston. Construction of the 1km long combined concrete and timber path is due to start the first week of March and will take just over 3 months to complete. For safety council ask people to respect areas closed for construction of the walkways. The adjacent grass reserves will remain open for public use. “When complete, the 2 walkways will link together connecting our rivers to the beachfront. “The recently completed Alfred Cox cycle and walkway will allow for a loop in Council’s expanding network. “These cycle and walkways will provide better access to nature and will showcase the views of our waterways and coastal environment for the enjoyment of residents and visitors to our district.” Read more >>
No need for water restrictions
9 Feb 2015
Although we've had temperatures reaching 30 degrees, the water storage dams at Mangapoike still have sufficient water. At this stage we do not need to put water restrictions in place. But we encourage residents to conserve water at all times. Starting today we’re carrying out maintenance of the Waipaoa water treatment plant to make sure things run smoothly. The yearly run-up of the treatment plant will take 3-5 days.  The annual start-up normally coincides with the time industry start processing, this will also allow maintenance checks to be done while the plant is under load. Our 3 month weather predictions do not raise any concerns. We’re also monitoring the Waipaoa River levels so that we can, if possible avoid competing with other water users. Read more >>
Funding open for creatives
9 Feb 2015
Creatives around the district this month could be tuning instruments, preparing flax or firing up spray cans as they conjure novel ways to involve the community in their artistic pursuits. Council expects a flood of applications for the Creative Communities Scheme before the closing date for funding applications on 27 February. The funding scheme is open to those wanting to deliver projects in the community that ideally would support arts and cultural diversity while encouraging young people to be involved. “We have a fantastic arts sector, with a lot of very talented people intent on leading projects to involve the community,” says contracts and funding adviser Julie Conder. “Our region is probably the most over-subscribed for this funding scheme in the whole of New Zealand, with more people wanting to stage arts-based projects than we have funds to provide them, “We try to fund as many projects as we can, and usually about 20 are accepted.” Past successful applications have included a clay-making workshop, graffiti art, DJ workshop, face painting, bronze casting, flax weaving, theatre production, online digital arts workshop and performance film-making. An intergenerational project involving members of the Arohaina Centre for seniors, a Nuhaka marae and school was a particular success. “With a funding grant of $800, the participants made and tie-dyed felt blankets to fit waha kura, flax baby baskets made by Arohaina seniors. The baskets and blankets were later donated to teenage mothers,” says Ms Conder. “This involved young and old and provided opportunities for everyone to learn from each other. It ticked all the boxes.” The Creative New Zealand initiative, administered by Council, will contribute $36,000 to arts in this region this year, the first round offering $22,000. Applications are assessed by a panel of 11 Gisborne people with arts knowledge and experience. “I am here to help if someone wants to discuss their idea before making an application, and if they contact me before the closing date I can help people complete their application forms.” Applications must be received before 5pm Friday 27 February.  The next funding round takes place in August, focusing on Christmas and summer projects. Read more >>
Warning sign at Rere rockslide
27 Jan 2015
Coroner Tim Scott has recommended Council erect new signage with “much stronger warning” at Rere rockslide, as reported by the New Zealand Herald yesterday. Read more >>

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