Home' The Wellingtonian : March 22nd 2012 Contents 14 THE WELLINGTONIAN, MARCH 22, 2012
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Fran Wilde, Chair
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Water supply to
treated water to the main
reservoirs in each city.
Ensures the region s
natural resources are
Regional parks & forests
Maintains a network of
regional parks and forests
for recreational use.
Metlink buses & trains
Coordinates and funds
the region s Metlink public
plans for the region s
Coordinates Civil Defence
for the region.
protect themselves from
the effects of ooding.
Works with landowners
to target pest plants and
animals, and eradicate
Looks after navigational
safety in Wellington and
Porirua harbours, and the
region s coastline.
Works with landowners
to prevent or reduce
Promotes the Wellington
Regional Strategy -- a
What does Greater Wellington do?
Feedback in on bus
More than four thousand people
have given their feedback on
proposed changes to Wellington
city bus services. The proposal
aims to increase bus services in
many areas, reduce bus congestion
through the CBD and improve
connections for cross-city travel.
Greater Wellington Councillors will
decide, over the next couple of
months, the next steps.
RTI for Mana and
Mana and Newlands Coach Service
passengers will soon be able to
nd out when their bus is coming
via Real Time Information (RTI).
Buses are being equipped with the
necessary GPS equipment and, after
testing, RTI for these buses will be
phased in. You can already get RTI
for GO Wellington and Valley Flyer
buses on street displays, the Metlink
web and mobile sites, and the
Metlink Customer Service Centre.
Wairarapa and Otaki
Improvements to Wairarapa bus
services will be announced soon
and we re working with KiwiRail
on train options. In Otaki, we re
working with the bus operator on
the possibility of another weekday
shopper service from Otaki to
Coastlands and some new Sunday
bus services between Otaki and
Waikanae. Changes to the services
will be put in place later this year.
With summer almost over, all the signs indicate good
water saving efforts during the rst of two to three
summers with one water storage lake empty
"Admittedly, the weather hasn t been great but we ve had other
patchy summers with much higher water usage," says Councillor
Nigel Wilson, Chair of Greater Wellington s Social and Cultural
Wellbeing Committee (responsible for water supply).
"It looks like people have taken on board the message that
there s less water to go around while our storage lakes are being
upgraded -- let s keep up the good work and continue to use a
bit less water."
Region using less water
acts as a sunscreen
for your garden in summer,
reducing the need for watering.
Mulch is also good in winter, providing
a blanket that helps improve the soil and
suppress weeds. We re offering one lucky
gardener a prize of six 40-litre bags of organic
mulch delivered to your home (anywhere in
the Wellington region) courtesy of
Enter at www.gw.govt.nz/mulch.
Closes 5pm Tuesday 10 April.
Hutt Valley residents will
bene t from increased ood
protection a year earlier
The $11.4 million Boulcott-Hutt
Stopbank closes the gap in the
Hutt River ood defences between
Connolly Street and Fairway Drive -- a
major failure at this point could result
in approximately $1.6 billion worth of
damage to central Lower Hutt.
The Boulcott s Farm Heritage Golf
Club planned to close the south
course this September to allow the
stopbank construction to take place.
The club s suggestion that the south
course be closed early allows work
to be completed by June 2013 --
a year ahead of schedule.
"This allows us to bring the
programme forward, which,
when you are talking about
natural hazards, is a good thing.
It also reduces disruption to the
nearby residents and golf club by
completing the project in two years
instead of three," says Councillor
Peter Glensor, Chair of Greater
Wellington s Economic Wellbeing
The project is part of an $80 million
upgrade of the Hutt River s ood
protection by Greater Wellington.
Flood protection sooner for the Hutt
The stopbank work will nish
a year ahead of schedule
Flooding in October 1998 along Harcourt
Werry Drive, Boulcott, Lower Hutt
When liquid waste (such as
detergent, oil or paint) enters the
roadside gutter it goes into the
Don't let it get in the gutter!
stormwater network and ultimately
ends up in streams and the sea.
Here s how to avoid letting liquid
waste get into stormwater:
• Leave small leftovers of paint
and solvents to dry rather than
pouring them down the drain.
Some paint retailers also accept
your unused/unwanted paint
• Clean your car in a commercial
carwash where all runoff is treated
• Take household chemicals and
waste oil to the speci c sections at
of cial land lls
If you see waste going into the
gutter, call Greater Wellington s
24-hour Environmental Protection
Hotline 0800 496 734.
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