Annual Plan sets out strong work programme for Kapiti Coast
Greater Wellington Regional Council has adopted its Annual Plan 2014/15, which sets out its work programme and spending for the region over the current financial year.
For Kapiti Coast, the Annual Plan has budgeted for a number of projects and initiatives designed to boost resilience, improve public transport, protect and preserve our natural parks, and improve neighbourhoods and communities.
Last year’s earthquakes and storms have proven the effectiveness of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) in responding to natural disasters. WREMO will continue to work with communities to boost their preparedness for possible future events through a range of initiatives, including the Household Emergency Rainwater Tank project, which sees subsidised water tanks being sold through local councils, including Kapiti Coast District Council.
Protecting Kapiti Coast from the effects of potential flooding is a priority for GWRC, and this year we will be moving forward with the planned Jim Cooke Park stopbank upgrade project to boost the resilience of Waikanae. GWRC will also continue to implement the environmental strategy for the Otaki River.
In the public transport space, GWRC is working to encourage more people to ditch their cars and take buses and trains to reduce congestion and emissions on our road networks. In order to do this, we have to ensure that we have a reliable, useable and affordable public transport network.
This year, we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of Metlink services in Kapiti to find out how improvements in service can be made for Kapiti residents. We will also be completing the business case for integrated ticketing and fares to ensure people can travel from places like Kapiti Coast across all modes of public transport without paying for transfers and swapping modes of transport.
Regional parks in and around Kapiti Coast will also benefit this year with work commencing on the MacKays Crossing entrance upgrades at Queen Elizabeth Park. We will also work with NZTA to put a cycleway through the park as part of the Mackays to Peka Peka project.
The EECA Warm Greater Wellington initiative has been extended to allow more homes within the region – including Kapiti Coast – to put the cost of insulation and heat pumps on their rates bill, ensuring warmer, drier and healthier homes are affordable for all residents in the region.
With all this work, GWRC has managed to keep the average rates increase for Kapiti Coast down to about 6.25%, or $19 a year. This equates to about 36 cents a week for the average household, depending on the size and value of the home. This is down from the 10.4% increase forecast across the region in the Long Term Plan.
For more information on rates increases and the Annual Plan visit www.gw.govt.nz/annual-plan-2014-15.