Waimakariri District Council meeting in brief

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Kaiapoi River dredging

Regeneration committee chairman Cr Al Blackie reported that plans to dredge the Kaiapoi River had hit a snag, with only one tender received, which was considered too expensive.
The project will now be re-tendered, with regeneration manager Duncan Roxborough approaching local companies and inviting them to put forward proposals.
But there is a strict timeframe, as the project “needs to be completed by the end of June”, before the whitebait season and so new pontoons can be erected before the summer, Cr Blackie says.

Stockwater

Councillors adopted a revised Stockwater Race Bylaw, replacing the previous 2007 bylaw.
While council staff sought feedback from Waimakariri Irrigation Ltd, the Waimakariri Water Race Advisory Group, the Waimakariri Zone Committee and Ngai Tuahuriri runanga, drainage asset manager Owen Davies acknowledged there has been no public consultation.
But he noted the changes were considered minor and the new bylaw needed to be in place before the old one expired on June 5.
Following feedback from the utilities and roading committee, Mr Davies proposed that staff will bring the bylaw back to the committee to consider reviewing it within two years.

Loan repayments

Councillors voted to defer the repayment of a community loan to allow the Rangiora Croquet Club to expand to support its growing membership.
The council made a loan of $42,000 to the club in 2014 to cover the shortfall in buying a building which it jointly purchased with the Rangiora Table Bowls Club.
Cr Dan Gordon said the club has had rapid expansion and needs to build new greens to support its growing membership.
“The club accepts it needs to repay the loan, but it needs to keep its membership growing at a sustainable level to achieve that and it needs two additional greens to make that happen.”

Waimakariri Youth Council

Mayor David Ayers and Cr Gordon acknowledged the efforts of Waimakariri Youth Council members, who made a submission to the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board last month about their ideas to develop the Dudley Park skate park into a more community friendly space.
“I would really like them to be more integrated into the work of the council in areas they are interested in,” Mr Ayers said.
“I was very impressed with their presentation,” said Cr Gordon. “They do find that process quite intimidating, which is understandable, but we should be really proud of the leadership that is coming through.”

March 15 events

Mayor Ayers paid tribute to the efforts of the emergency services – police, ambulance and Christchurch Hospital staff – who responded to the events of March 15.
“We did lose one member of our community that day and several members of our community have lost family members and friends.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the Muslim part of our community.”
Chief executive Jim Palmer said the council has been monitoring activity in Christchurch since the attacks, with the human resources department providing staff with updates on the situation and any changes in the “threat levels”.
He says the council’s management team will continue to monitor the events and he expects his next health and safety review will provide “further discussion on any new or changed risks” which the council may face.