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Upper Hutt Leader : July 4th 2012
27 UPPER HUTT LEADER, JULY 4, 2012 www.upperhuttcity.com The longest night has passed and so we look forward to getting through winter and then onto spring. Since the last Valley News, there have been a number of issues that have arisen that are very positive for Upper Hutt. The rst is Council s adoption of the Long Term Plan on 27 June, which saw a 20% reduction in the originally proposed rates increases. I am looking forward to the very exciting projects that will move Upper Hutt forward. At the same time, we also saw the adoption of the Upper Hutt City Council s Sustainability Strategy 2012 -- 2022. This strategy identi es both the key sustainability issues for the community and Council, and the proposed initiatives and projects for addressing these issues. These initiatives and projects will form the sustainability action plan over the next 10 years. This will deliver 27 sustainability projects that will help increase our city s resilience to a wide range of issues. These include initiatives such as the River Restoration Project which will address the toxic algae issue, and the Environmental Education and Action project. As Mayor I welcome the continued community enthusiasm and involvement and collaboration in the delivery of the many exciting projects that will occur over the next 10 years. Over the next few months we also face an interesting journey with the introduction of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, which is part of the wider reform of local government. Central Government has produced an 8-point reform programme which is called "Better Local Government". This Bill is designed to increase clarity around the Councils roles to try and create stronger governance, improve e ciency, encourage responsible scal management in local government, and to prioritise local authorities core activities. There will be a lot of debate over the de nition of core activities. We do know it will include network infrastructure, public transport services, regulatory facilities, and other community infrastructure. The four core activities in the present act: social, economic, cultural and environmental wellbeing will be replaced. The Bill had its rst reading on 12 June, and it has now been referred to the Local Government Environment Select Committee which will report in October 2012. MayIurgeyoualltomakea submission on the Local Government Reform in the Wellington region. It is important that we, as a community, have a say, have a stance. Sitting on the sideline and hoping that nothing will happen is not an option for us as a city. It is very clear that the Wellington Regional Council is going to make proposals for some changes within local government in the Wellington region in the later part of the year. Although an "independent panel" has been set up, it would be highly unlikely that the majority of Wellington regional councillors who have already made it very clear that they want a single council in the Wellington region, will change their stance. The Government has consistently stated that any change will be community-led and not forced upon communities as we saw in Auckland. So we as a community need to have an opinion and have a say. Throughout this issue of the Valley News you will nd further information and dates for public meetings that I will be holding. It is vital that you all have your say on what you want for Upper Hutt. Inside... 3 | Local government reform update 4 | New Zealand ShakeOut 2 | Councillor Nellie Gillies Valley News UPPER HUTT CITY July 2012 | Upper Hutt City Council Newsletter 4 | Brighten Main Street 2 | Jetts, Pets, and Pizza Library closing for system upgrade The Upper Hutt City Library is a member of the National Library-led Kotui Consortium. In order to integrate our services with the consortium, Upper Hutt City Library is migrating to a new library management system---the completion of which will result in a temporary closure of services. This closure is required to enable the library s existing data to be captured, loaded into the new system, and intensively tested and recon gured. All of the library s circulation, cataloguing, and acquisitions functions are provided via its management system. So the closure will a ect all aspects of the library s services including the Central, Mobile, and Pinehaven Libraries, and remote access to the catalogue and databases through the library s website. The closure will begin at 7.00 pm on Monday 6 August with services reopening at 10.00 am on Thursday 9 August. A message from the Mayor
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