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Changes to gambling venue policy
25 Sep 2015
A review of Council’s Gambling Venue policy will be available for the public to have their say starting on Saturday 26 September. The Gambling Act (2003) & the Racing Act (2003) require the policy be reviewed every three years. “Minor changes have been made since the last review in 2012, to better reflect changes in the Gambling Act and in our current conditions,” says Strategic Planning Manager David Wilson. These small changes include: - criteria saying where TAB and pokie machine venues can set up, or relocate to. - a cap on the number of TAB venues in the district at the current number. The sinking lid clause and decision guidelines remain the same. The approach taken in reviewing the policy is consistent with the approach taken by other local councils around New Zealand. Read more >>
Sewer discharge to city rivers
21 Sep 2015
Due to the heavy rain, late last night contractors opened the discharge valves to release diluted wastewater to the Taruheru, Waimata and Turanganui rivers from the city sewer network. This is to avoid sewer flowing back onto private property. We will notify you when the valves are closed. Read more >>
Funding boost for library upgrade
16 Sep 2015
The upgrade of the HB Williams Memorial Library has been given a funding boost with donations confirmed from the J N Williams Memorial Trust of $1m and $860,000 from the Eastland Community Trust. “We’re thrilled that both trusts have contributed and it now means we can take the redevelopment to the next level,” says deputy mayor Rehette Stoltz. A $3.5m upgrade of the library was budgeted in the 2015- 2025 Long Term Plan with donations from the estates of Stanley Green, Hannah Dunlop and Jessie Iris Jeffery’s totalling $1.75m and contribution of $1.75m from Council. “It’s a highly used and very important asset for our community,” says Cr Stoltz. “Whatever the digital world brings us over the next few years we know that the community needs a hub where they can access knowledge. “This money enables us to future proof this asset and provide for the needs of the community in the best possible way. “I’d like to thank them for their generosity on behalf of Council and the community”. The Williams family continue their very long history of support for Gisborne and the library. Chairperson of the trust, Phillida Eivers says the library was originally built in memory of Mr H B Williams senior, the building won international recognition for its design - the scooped roof representing a book end. “The Williams family's commitment to the library and what it represents has not waned and this latest contribution is one more demonstration of our continuing support. “We're committed to the future of this iconic building. Nowhere else in Gisborne meets the needs of the varied members of our society. “The library's patrons are as diverse as its collection and both are the better for it, says Ms Eivers. ECT general manger Leighton Evans says “The library is Gisborne’s most used facility with over 240,000 individual visits per year and contributes to a number of social, education and economic outcomes. We see this project as an exercise in future proofing one of our key assets, “This redevelopment will see it completely reconfigured and extended to create community spaces that better reflect the needs of our 21st century community and cater for those wanting to do much more than borrow a book,” he says. As well as extend the size of the building the library will also develop and extend the services it offers to the community. Digital drop-in zones, an informal active youth lounge, an external learning court and a multi-purpose lecture, reception and exhibition space will revolutionise the way in which our library is used. While research, retreat and support zones will cater for more traditional library users. Mr Evans says Council’s vision for the library aligned well with the Trust’s objectives. “A world-class library that reflects the needs of a young and diverse population is a key component in addressing some of the educational achievement issues our community faces,” he says. “Trustees were pleased to see a focus on digital learning and improving community access to online services. Council will be finalising the design for a $5.5m building this year and planning for construction to begin 2016. Read more >>
GizzyBus service, what do you think?
15 Sep 2015
Tell us what you think of the GizzyBus service.  From now until 2 October, the team from Tairāwhiti Roads are asking people on the buses, at bus stops and online to complete a short survey on how satisfied you are with the services. “We want to know things like are the buses on time, are fare prices reasonable, do we have enough routes, are our buses comfortable and easy to get on and off,” says Tairāwhiti Roads journey manager, Helen Harris. The information collected will help us review our services and meet the needs and expectations of the community. “It’ll also help Council to plan future improvements or upgrades, if they’re needed.” “We would like to see as many users of the bus service participating in this survey, we also welcome anyone who stopped using the bus for whatever reason to add value to this survey.” The survey is anonymous so no personal details are recorded and it takes 5-10 minutes to complete. Tairāwhiti Roads staff will be travelling on the bus or asking people at bus stops to participate in the survey or you can complete the survey online[/gizzybus-survey/]. Read more >>
Stormwater 'play pool' fixed
9 Sep 2015
Stormwater improvement work recently completed on properties in Turenne Street and Owen Road has finally rid one family of the backyard ‘play pool’. Council has recently completed the work to install 60m of pipes, manholes, laterals and sumps in Turenne Street and Owen Road at no cost to the landowners. The upgrade is part of a 10-year programme to reduce the number of emergency discharges of wastewater to rivers. Turenne Street homeowner Tamsin Wilson says her children Sofia (5) and Corbyn (7) would happily play in the knee-deep water that built up in the back yard after heavy rain. “The kids would use the slide to slide down into it. Lemons off the tree would be floating around and it would leave a huge mud pit afterward.” For years, the family and several neighbouring properties have put up with excessive flooding due to poor stormwater drainage. “The ‘pool’ would cover nearly the whole back yard and the water would come up into the shed every time it rained, ruining the carpet and other equipment,” says Ms Wilson. Stormwater team leader Joss Ruifrok says that with the number of residents affected, Council could assist rather than leaving it to the owners to sort out. “Some deep ponding was occurring on five adjacent properties because the area is low lying and in some places it was lower than the main stormwater pipes in the road.” “When it rained, this water was spilling over into gully traps and getting into the wastewater system. This can cause sewerage to overflow onto peoples properties and some households in the wider neighbourhood can’t use their toilets because the pipes are full. “So there were a lot of properties that the stormwater was affecting. Mayor Meng Foon supports the work and says it’s a matter of public health. Council staff have been door-knocking in areas with historic stormwater drainage and wastewater issues to find out about the problems and work with property owners to find solutions. “We know some of these areas may already have sufficient drainage but many may not. These residents, like Ms Wilson, may have given up telling us about it.” “We can fix old cracked pipes that we own in the road,” says Mr Ruifrok “but to solve the problem we need to start looking at the issues on private property – things like defective pipes or running downpipes into gully traps. “The wastewater system can’t cope with large volumes of stormwater getting in. To prevent sewage overflows, we sometimes have to discharge into the rivers. Nobody wants that to happen.” “We need to work together on proper stormwater solutions or we’re not going to reduce the discharges problem.” Ms Wilson says she’s pleased the proper drainage is now in and working. “I’m looking forward to having a dry back lawn and even mowing the grass.” Read more >>

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