Council Meeting Summary
A short summary of the meeting on 23rd May, which had correspondence from the Mayfair Theatre Rebuild, the Youth Council and the Kaikōura Water Zone Committee, plus reports on the swimming pool progress, freedom camping, economic development, Kotahitanga mo te Taiao Alliance Strategy Working Group, delegations manual (financial delegations) and Mayor's report.
Swimming pool progress update
The Sport and Recreation Recovery Leadership team (SRRLT) is continuing to assess a short list of previously-preferred sites. Those sites were identified in the initial feasibility study provided by the SRRLT to Council in October 2017.
The preferred option in Council’s draft 3 Year Plan is to ‘defer any decisions until December 2018, to allow the (SRRLT) and Council to confirm a site for the new pool and confirm more detailed information about costs’.
The SRRLT is currently preparing a public survey to help assess support for a new pool. This is expected to be made available to the public electronically and by mail by the end of May this year, with results available mid-late July.
Responsible freedom camping update
Work is underway by Kaikōura District Council (KDC)/Environment Canterbury (ECan) planning staff to better understand the issues and find potential solutions, however further support and work at a governance level is needed from KDC to achieve this.
A sub-committee was requested to be re-established to provide oversight and direction to the development of a KDC Responsible Camping site suitability assessment and to assist in the identification of key organisations and community members.
The draft site suitability assessment report requires the refinement of criteria to meet our community’s needs. A working group made up of local iwi, key organisations and community members will be required.
Economic development update
A meeting was held with a variety of people from the community in late April that grouped and aligned potential projects. Six key areas were identified for projects: Marine Centre of Excellence, Airport and Marine, Walkways and Cycleways, Sports and recreation, Environmental projects, and urban design.
KDC requires the services of a Project Director who can work with project teams to drive the projects. Economic development has drafted an application for the Provincial Growth Fund for funding for a project director. This will be submitted by the regional council to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
A communications strategy will be developed around the projects to keep the wider community informed and engaged in the projects.
Economic development (with support) have submitted an application to the Tourism Infrastructure fund for a feasibility study including consultation for Kiwa Rd to investigate a solution for the issues arising due to large number of tourists utilising this area. The Minister for Tourism will make a decision on our application in three months’ time.
Economic Recovery is working with the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce on the Implementation of the Business Association.
KDC has entered The Hospo Project into Local Government New Zealand Awards. The finalists will be announced in June with the awards being announced on 16 July 2018.
Kotahitanga mo te Taiao Alliance Strategy Working Group
The Kotahitanga Alliance is formed of all the Councils and Iwi in the top of the South Island, led by the Department Of Conservation. Their focus is on landscape-scale conservation projects that also have social, economic and cultural benefits. KDC became a signatory to the Alliance in March 2018. The Alliance is in the process of creating a strategy to guide future decision-making and project selection.
KDC has the opportunity to appoint a member to the working group. Kauahi Ngapora has been approached and would be an excellent representative of the Kaikōura District with expertise in tourism and the marine environment.
Delegations Manual – financial delegations
The report was for Council to update the Delegations manual to reflect the current Financial Delegations. It included the procurement of Council goods and services and the approval of purchase orders.
Works and services committee
The purpose of the report was to update the Rebuild Steering Group on progress with the implementation of an asset management system for KDC.
The current asset management system is basic and hosted by GIS system. It is recognised that a good asset management system, appropriately scoped and populated is the cornerstone to future investment decisions for the Council. To this end $145,000 has been allocated in the draft 2018 Three Year Plan to purchase, install and commission an asset management system as the first stage. This will include the validation and transfer of current asset registers and asset data.
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Last updated: 24 May 2018