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Set up in 2004, it was initially envisaged that Capacity would include all the councils in the region. Only Wellington and Hutt City, however, joined the com- pany amid concern it would lead to water meters and privatisation of water. Board chairman Peter Allport said Capacity had delivered savings of $3 million. I think Capacity has performed extremely well. I look forward to a new model where they will perform even better. Both Porirua and Wellington are considering formally joining Capacity. In a report to councillors, pol- icy officer Robert McCrone noted the potential for huge savings if bulk water supplier GWRC joined. If all councils (including GWRC) were to integrate under the new model, the region s rate- payers could save as much as $5.1 million annually. To put this in context in 2010/11 Hutt, Porirua, Upper Hutt and Wel- lington City s bulk water levy was $23.45 million. Integration under the new model could pro- vide councils with one year s free water every five years. He also noted their current political focus was on promot- ing a super city. Councillor Max Shierlaw asked Mr Allport why GWRC had not joined. He replied that Capacity was a service provider and it was up to politicians and the community to decide issues such as that. Capacity was focusing on being ready to take over bulk water, once GWRC decides to join. Cr Shierlaw said that in the current environment, where the Government was looking for councils to show financial restraint, the council could not ignore the significant saving from including GWRC. He unsuccessfully moved a motion calling on the Govern- ment to pass legislation forcing GWRC to join. Mr Shierlaw questioned the competency of GWRC and said it was clear their politicians do not have the stomach for change. Mayor Ray Wallace said he largely agreed with Cr Shierlaw but did not support his motion. Porirua had not yet formally agreed to join Capacity and he did not want to do anything to make their politicians nervous. Councillor Chris Milne asked what GWRC s response had been to hearing of the potential annual saving of over $2 million. Capacity chief executive David Hill said there had been no recent contact with politicians. GWRC staff, how- ever, see the absolute necess- ity of joining. Mr Allport said it was clear that GWRC believes it should control all water assets in the region. Hutt City councillors have agreed to a new model, which will include the other three councils. The other councils have yet to make a decision on their stance, although Porirua has indicated there will be a 12-week com- munity consultation process. Mayor Fran Wilde did not respond to requests for an inter- view. Walk this way: Whitby Walkfest organiser Lisa Webber enjoying the views from the Mercury Way lookout, one of many sweet spots for folks to track down and enjoy. Walk on the mild side By MATTHEW DALLAS It will take more than a bad hip and a pair of crutches to dampen the enthusiasm of Lisa Webber -- or keep her off Whitby s pathways this Sunday. The Whitby Walkfest organiser says it s an amazing occasion for families to get out and about with- out spending a dime. People say it s a wealthy area, but not really -- everyone is trying to make their money go around. The Whitby Residents Associ- ation event was first held in 2009 and, as always, is about ensuring Whitby residents and the wider community are aware of the lovely walkways throughout the suburb. When the area was first designed, it was envisioned that no child would need to cross a road to get to school due to its network of pathways. What we are doing makes an occasion for people to pick up a map and explore the suburb further. Seven suggested routes feature on a map available on the day. They cater for all ages and fitness levels and trek to all corners of the suburb bar the Redwood subdiv- ision, where walkways are not a feature. Ms Webber says for those keen to walk the full gauntlet of about 14 kilometres, it will take about two and a half hours. As always, Whitby Sections has been supportive of the event, doing all of the photocopying of maps for free and allowing access over the top half of the former golf course, which is normally closed due to building works. Walkfest headquarters will be at St Mary s Church in the village centre, while Habitat For Humanity will be fundraising with a sausage sizzle and coffee cart. Trevor Farmer from Porirua City Council will be talking water recycling and emergency manage- ment. This year it falls on Neighbours Day -- an extra incentive for people to hit the pavement with other residents, or hold a barbecue, Ms Webber says. Whitby Walkfest, March 25, noon to 3pm, starts at St Mary's Church, Discovery Dr.
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