Annual Plan sets out strong work programme for Porirua
Greater Wellington Regional Council has adopted its Annual Plan 2014/15, which sets out its work programme and spending for the region over the current financial year.
The Annual Plan includes a number of projects and initiatives designed to boost resilience, improve public transport, protect and preserve our natural parks and waterways, and improve neighbourhoods and communities.
Recent earthquakes and storms have proven the effectiveness of the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) in responding to natural disasters. WREMO will continue to work with communities to boost their preparedness for future events through a range of initiatives, including the Household Emergency Rainwater Tank project, which sees subsidised water tanks being sold through local councils, including Porirua City Council.
In the public transport space, GWRC is working to encourage more people to ditch their cars and take buses, trains and ferries, to reduce congestion and emissions on our road networks. In order to do this, we have to ensure that we have a reliable, useable and affordable public transport network.
We will be completing the business case for integrated ticketing and fares to ensure people can travel from places like Porirua across all modes of public transport without paying for transfers. We will also continue with the procurement of more Matangi trains.
With the potential construction of the Transmission Gully motorway, GWRC is working to lessen the lasting impacts on Belmont Regional Park and Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. We will be working with our farming leaseholders, NZTA, and other stakeholders to introduce mitigation and compensation measures to reduce these impacts.
We have also extended the EECA Warm Greater Wellington initiative to allow more homes within the region – including Porirua – to put the cost of insulation and heat pumps on their rates bill, ensuring warmer, drier and healthier homes are affordable for all residents in the region.
With all this work, GWRC has managed to keep the rates increase for Porirua down to about 4.41%, or $18 a year. This equates to about 34 cents a week for the average household, depending on the size and value of the home. This is down from the 10.4% forecast across the region in the Long Term Plan. For more information on rates increases and the Annual Plan 2014/15. Visit www.gw.govt.nz/annual-plan-2014-2015