Water was re-confirmed as the number one priority for Napier City Council with the adoption of the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2021-31 at today’s Extraordinary Council meeting.
With the Government’s three waters reforms still to be finalised, the current LTP has been prepared on the basis Council is still going to undertake those activities.
“We plan to spend $400 million over the next 10 years to improve our water infrastructure,” says Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise.
“This includes fast-tracking a number of projects to ensure we meet the new regulatory standards within the next five years.”
We also intend to do what we can to address issues such as community safety, she says. This includes the development of an Ambassador Programme being given the green light for implementation in July 2022.
“At the same time we also want to help where we can with people’s recreational needs and overall wellbeing, which is why we have heeded the requests for funding for some large scale community projects led by organisations other than Council.
This includes a $1m grant to the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre at Mitre 10 Hwake’s Bay, located at the Regional Sports Park, a facility that is well utilised by Napier residents.
Council also resolved to increase the operating and renewal funding for the Pettigrew Green Arena, which is expanding to include additional court space, from the 2022/23 financial year.
“The LTP is one of our most significant planning documents, and this LTP has been particularly challenging with changing priorities over the past three years, and the uncertainty facing the sector over the next three years. I thank all of you who took the time to respond. We have a responsibility to support the community.”
Product prices and the job market may affect deliverabilty, says Chief Executive Steph Rotarangi. However, we will continue to review our resources and we are lucky to be one of the few regions in the country to have a regional procurement team to help us pursue opportunities to deliver our programme with maximum efficiency, she says.
“We have an ambitious programme of work that we need to complete to ensure Napier continues to thrive. Our role is not just to deliver projects, but to listen to our community.”
The final LTP and supporting documents will be available to view online soon.
LTP resolutions include:
Funding request resolutions include:
30 June 2021
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