Annual Plan sets out strong work programme for Wellington City
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 Wellington City, GWRC has budgeted for a number of projects and initiatives designed to boost resilience, improve public transport, and improve neighbourhoods.
The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office will continue to work with communities to boost their preparedness for 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 Wellington City Council.
Planning for future demand and increasing resilience in the bulk water supply network will be a major focus. We are strengthening the water treatment plants and investigating options for a large treated-water reservoir on the Miramar peninsula. This option will be considered along with proposals for an emergency water storage reservoir near Tawa and a cross-harbour emergency pipeline as a part of an emergency water supply strategy with the region’s cities.
In the public transport space, GWRC is working to encourage more people to get out of their cars and take buses, trains and ferries, to reduce congestion and emissions on our road networks.
This year we’ll be progressing the new Wellington City bus network to give more people reliable and very frequent bus services on main routes from early morning til late at night, and more evening and weekend services in more suburbs. We are consulting closely with local communities, including Churton Park, Khandallah and Victoria University , to make sure we get routes and timetables right.
Importantly, we are completing the business case for integrated ticketing and fares to make public transport easier and more convenient. The new system will enable you, for example, to take the ferry from Seatoun to Queens Wharf then a bus to Khandallah, using just one card and paying just one fare.
We have also extended the EECA Warm Greater Wellington initiative to allow more householders within the region – including Wellington City – to put the cost of insulation and heat pumps on their rates bill, ensuring warmer, drier and healthier homes are affordable.
With all this work, GWRC has managed to keep the rates increase for Wellington City down to about 5.54%, or $17 a year. This equates to about 33 cents a week for the average household, depending on size and value. This is down from the 10.4% forecast across the region in the Long Term Plan.
For more information on rates increases and the Annual Plan 2014/15 visit www.gw.govt.nz/ annual-plan-2014-15