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CHB DISTRICT COUNCIL ADOPTS ANNUAL REPORT

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To be released 26 October 2017

Last week Central Hawke’s Bay District Council adopted the annual report for 2016/2017, which sets out the work it’s completed over the past year and provides a good insight into the wider ranging activities of Council.

This annual report relates to the second year of the Long Term Plan 2015-2025 and shows Council continues to deliver on its plan.

The year saw many achievements including the completion of the redevelopment of the Memorial Hall and Russell Park Upgrade. Along with the earthquake strengthening work, the hall has been updated to provide a modern multipurpose venue for the community. The skatepark in Russell Park was also opened in April this year and is proving to be a great facility for our district.

In addition, several key projects were completed including the replacement of the wet well at Mt Herbert Road Pumping Station, the construction of the Stormwater and Anaerobic pond and the upgrade of the sewer line on Great North Road, replacing the 67 year old clay pipes with upsized PVC pipes.

Chief Executive, Monique Davidson says at the same time as making progress on significant pieces of work, Council has continued to deliver a wider range of facilities and services that are efficient and add value.

“There is a continued focus on the compliance of the wastewater systems in Waipukurau and Waipawa as well as the odour issue from the Waipukurau Wastewater Treatment Plant”.

The year ending June 2017 had a deficit of $1.059m compared to a budget surplus of $5,000. Income was above budget by $895,000 but total operating expenditure was over budget by $2m.

Council Chief Financial Officer Bronda Smith says the main reason for the increased operating expenditure was due to a roading maintenance contractor falling behind in work and NZTA having to reallocate budget to complete maintenance work.

“Council is in a sound financial position with a low debt level which allows us to consider projects from Thrive as part of the LTP 2018-28”.

In place of the traditional Annual Plan consultation, Project Thrive provided the opportunity to engage with local communities and help build a long-term view for the district. Responses received from Thrive have created a number of initiatives which are being considered as part of the Long Term Plan development and are also informing the review of the District Plan.

Mayor Alex Walker says that the huge range of feedback they received through Project Thrive is now instrumental in putting together the activities and priorities for the next 10 years. 

“Council is leading a vision for Central Hawke’s Bay to Thrive. The engagement project earlier this year was a crucial step in putting people back at the heart of what council does and how it operates. You can expect to hear more about Project Thrive as Council work through issues and opportunities in the year ahead”. 

Copies of the full Annual Report 2016/2017 can be obtained from the Council office in Waipawa or viewed on our Annual Reports page.

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Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

Media contact
Monique Davidson, Chief Executive | P 06 857 8060 M 027 601 1711

26 October 2017

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