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Upper Hutt Leader : December 14th 2011
28 UPPER HUTT LEADER, DECEMBER 14, 2011 om/ waterconservation Open for business Council welcomes Mark Futter as the new Economic Development Manager. Mark comes from an extensive background in management and business development. Mark s initial focus is three- pronged. He has begun work on the Economic Development Strategy for Upper Hutt 2012 -- 2022. This will identify key focus areas and ensure that long term projects can align and leverage o one another. Mark has also begun visiting local businesses to identify opportunities for growth, highlight areas where Council can assist businesses, and gain feedback for creating future partnership opportunities. Thirdly, Mark is pursuing new business opportunities, actively positioning Upper Hutt as a great place to do business, economically, technologically, and environmentally. The current Revera development in Alexander Road is proving to be a great opportunity springboard for Upper Hutt as a viable, safe geographical location and for Council as a progressive, customer-oriented organisation. Upper Hutt City Council 838 -- 842 Fergusson Drive Private Bag 907 Upper Hutt 5140 T (04) 527 2169 F (04) 528 2652 E email@example.com W upperhuttcity.com The Good Idea Awards are now open for nominations. "Often good ideas bring people together, help save money and resources, and look after the environment all at the same time," says Upper Hutt City Council s Sustainability Advisor, Roderick Boys. In November, Upper Hutt City Council launched the Good Idea Awards. The Good Idea Awards have been established to inspire behaviour change and propagate good ideas throughout the community. The inaugural Good Idea Award was awarded to Birchville, Brown Owl, Cottle, and Heretaunga Kindergartens for water conservation. All four Upper Hutt Kindergartens have each received a certi cate and a $50 gift voucher from Oderings in Upper Hutt. The kindergartens were recognised for their rainwater collection systems as water conservation is important year round, especially as we are a storage lake (Te Marua) down this year and next. To make a nomination, go to: www.upperhuttcity.com/GIA Christopher Howat waters Birchville Kindergarten s vegetable patch with water from the rain barrel. Home insulation uptake The Hutt Valley is leading the Wellington region in the uptake of the government s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart funding for insulation. Since the funding for insulation and clean heating became available, 5763 Hutt Valley homes have been insulated (or 11.5% of homes in both Upper Hutt and Lower Hutt). "Warmer, dryer homes lead to healthier, happier residents" says Upper Hutt City Council Sustainability Advisor, Roderick Boys. "Homes that have bene ted from insulation and clean heat installations are also likely to be signi cantly more energy e cient, saving resident s money on their energy bills" says Mr Boys. The funding is available to everyone, irrelevant of income. If your home was built before 2000, you will be eligible for ENERGYWISETM funding of up to 33% (limited funding may also be available of 60% if you have a Community Services Card) Both property owners and landlords can access the funding. If you qualify for the ENERGYWISE funding, you also qualify for the Greater Wellington Regional Council targeted rate repayment scheme, so you can get your home insulated without any deposit required. This means that for no upfront investment, you can improve property value, living conditions, and energy e ciency, as well as reduce maintenance costs. Landlords are also more likely to keep tenants longer with all of these bene ts. For more information please go to: www.upperhuttcity.com/energye ciency 0 10% Water conservation A growing population and an increase in water-using appliances have the potential to signi cantly increase our water consumption. This is not just in Upper Hutt. Increased demand across the region could exceed Te Marua s bulk water storage capacity. "Our community is realising that water conservation, even in Wellington s climate, is still very important and we are starting to see a growing awareness spread. What we need now is for the water conservation awareness to be translated into widespread behaviour change," says Council advisor Roderick Boys. "If we all use a bit less, it will make a big di erence." Just as using less hot water cuts your power bill, using less water overall saves the city money. All reticulated water has to be treated, pumped, and distributed, which costs. Up to a third of the water each person uses daily is wasted, but there are simple things you can do to help conserve water such as: • Turn of the tap when brushing teeth. • Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes. The Upper Hutt Community Calendar s last page has a checklist of many other things you can do to conserve water at home. Read more about the city s water at upperhuttcity.com/waterconservation If you suspect a leak, please call us on (04) 527 2170.
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