Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston is encouraging locals to get involved in the local council elections, through voting or standing. She has also announced she will be appointing a Crown Observer to support the newly elected Council and a Crown Manager to deal with outstanding legal matters.
Council appoints new Chief Executive: The Council has appointed a new Chief Executive on a five-year contract. Mr Graham Sibery will replace Acting Chief Executive Dr Jill McPherson and begins his contract on 4 July 2016.
Wastewater Disposal consultation: We're consulting on wastewater disposal, and you can make your submission now, on line. In brief, we want to ensure we are protecting our environment and the public's health. Previously, our policy focused on public wastewater systems. Now, we're proposing an inspection and maintenance (WOF) system for on-site wastewater disposal. This is so any on-site systems that might be failing now or in the future can be identified and fixed. The policy and bylaw will apply to all Residentially zoned areas as identified in the Kaipara District Plan, and to all land irrespective of zoning that is 300m from the east coast/west coast, 300m from the Mangawhai and Kaipara Harbours and 300m from the Kai Iwi Lakes. Statement of Proposal and submission forms.
Playground maintenance: The Council will be replacing parts of playgrounds at Maungaturoto, Paparoa and Jaycee Park, Dargaville immediately after the school holidays [from 2 May]. Advisory signs will be installed at each site stating the playground is closed while this replacement is completed.
Subject to good weather Maungaturoto will be closed for one week, Paparoa a couple of days and Jaycee Park a few hours.
We undertake a two yearly external audit of all playgrounds to ensure they continue to meet the New Zealand playground standards. The work planned is part of an on-going replacement programme developed as a result of the audit.
The hearing of submissions to the Draft Kai Iwi Lakes (Taharoa Domain) Reserve Management Plan 2015 and the Draft Kai Iwi Lakes (Taharoa Domain) Powerboat Bylaw 2015 are now completed. All submissions will be read and considered by the committee as part of finalising the plan.