Strengthening the Wellington region’s ability to cope with natural hazards, while providing a quality natural environment and an improved public transport system, were top of mind when councillors met yesterday to discuss the public consultation around the Annual Plan 2017/2018.
Greater Wellington Regional Councillors approved the consultation document at their March 2 meeting, with public consultation set to begin on March 16.
GWRC has four priorities for 2017/2018:
GWRC chairman Chris Laidlaw says the Kaikoura Earthquake in November brought improving the region’s resilience more sharply into focus and the council is responding to that.
“We were already working on improving the region’s ability to respond to natural hazards.
“We are bringing some off that work forward, such as improving flood protection for the most at-risk communities.”
The regional council is proposing a rates increase of 5.6 percent, down from 9.3 percent proposed in the 10 Year Plan 2015-25. The 5.6 percent increase equates to $28 for an average household, or 54 cents per week.
Councillor Laidlaw says much of the increase is made up of committed projects that the regional community has already strongly supported. This includes the council’s continuing programme of investment in regional transport infrastructure.
“We want people to have their say. This is your region and your place and we want it to be one that serves you well.”
Consultation on GWRC’s Annual Plan begins on March 16 and runs until April 12
For more information www.gw.govt.nz