Long Term Plan adopted

(Posted on: July 6)

Manawatū District Council has adopted the Long Term Plan for 2018-28 that maps the future direction for the District.

In determining the direction, how it would be funded was an important consideration for Council.  The need to keep rates affordable was balanced against ensuring that the facilities and services of a growing district were maintained to the standard expected by the community.

This year the average rates increase across the District will be 4.8 percent. Those individual rates increases will vary depending on the services available and the value of the property.

Mayor Helen Worboys says there was strong representation from the community that has helped shape the final plan.

“I’d like to thank the community for their involvement and interest in our District’s future,” she said.

“I am proud of the final Long Term Plan because there is something for everyone. As with any plan though, not everyone will agree with the projects we included and those that were left out.”

“Council has shown leadership and clear direction in areas of growth, adopting innovate ways to manage infrastructure – stormwater, wastewater and drinking water in particular – savings millions of dollars for our ratepayers.”

Based on the submissions received, Council have decided to progress with the Quail Avenue walkway, and to carry out safety improvements at Hiwinui school as well as the construction of public toilets at Cheltenham.

“We have placed a strong focus on active transport, supporting various walkways and cycleways throughout the District, which in turn improves the wellbeing of our residents and will add to our attractions for more visitors.”

Much of the success of our communities is due to our Community Committees who empower volunteers to grow and drive the successful projects in their own communities.

“We continue to support agencies and organisations who are the horsepower behind helping Council to deliver our outcomes to meet our vision, and our budgets reflect supporting the numerous community projects across the District.”

Enhancing the economic growth of the District is also one of Council’s top priorities following roading construction to make the industrial land at Turners Road more accessible.

The Long Term Plan will be available on our website on Saturday 28 July.  Copies will also be available to read in the Feilding Library and in Council Offices.