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Help create a green firebreak
A re-theme at the Porirua Aquatic
Centre started this week that will
include a fresh coat of paint through-
out, modern new glass-reinforced
stairs with a funky, partially trans-
lucent tunnel leading to the hydro
slide, a new roof in the steam room,
improved energy-effcient light-
ing over the leisure pool and new
revamped poolside lockers.
New pool covers for the lane pool
that will roll away each day under
built in seating is also being added
to save energy costs by reducing
heat loss at night.
The entrance to the Arena and pool
will also have a facelift, with the in-
stallation of new slip-resistant foor-
ing and added decorative features.
Along with the refresh, a lot of
maintenance work will be carried out
behind the scenes in the plant room.
To stop the recent water loss to the
lane pool, new water feeder pipes
will be fxed at a low level along three
sides of the pool.
The pool is expected to reopen on Friday
AQUATIC CENTRE UPGRADE
If your property borders
Council reserve land which
could pose a fre risk to your
home, you may be interested
in partnering with the Council
to reduce this risk, while also
beautifying your local environ-
Many private properties adjoin
reserves, especially in new
subdivisions like Aotea and
Silverwood. Research shows
that a "green frebreak" of low-
fammability native plants is
effective at slowing the spread
of fres, while also enhancing
the environment and security
of private property.
The Council is offering a
minimum two year partnership
with residents who live next to
city reserves to help establish
and maintain green frebreaks
on reserves bordering their
The Council will provide and
deliver free native plants for
area. Council staff will prepare
the site for planting by cutting
back and removing any fam-
mable vegetation. They will
also provide you with Vigilant
herbicide gel to help control
any new growth that may
sprout from where the famma-
ble vegetation was removed.
Then in the summer follow-
ing the planting, you will be
invited to receive a framed
certifcate from the Mayor
recognising your contribution
to the City.
If you are interested in the initia-
tive, which has been fully endorsed
by the NZ Fire Service, you can call
us on 237 5089.
Coprosma (above) and Five Finger are
among those offered for planting in the
Do you fancy working for the local community
and helping to shape decisions for the city's
future? Then you may want to stand for Porirua
City Council at the next local elections.
Nominations close at noon on Friday 16 August,
and are also open for the Capital & Coast Dis-
trict Health Board, Greater Wellington Regional
Council and the Hutt Mana Charitable Trust.
For the frst time the Council has prepared a
Pre-Election Report that contains useful infor-
mation for people considering standing in the
Council elections and for electors considering
which issues they would like to hear candidates'
positions on. It also provides another opportu-
nity for the general public to be kept informed
about the work of the Council on their behalf.
To be eligible to stand, prospective nominees
must be New Zealand citizens, over 18 years of
age and on the electoral roll.
And don't forget that if you want to vote in this
year's local elections your details on the elec-
toral roll need to be up to date.
Only people enrolled by 16 August will be sent
voting papers in the mail. Voting will be by postal
vote from 20 September to 12 October 2013. To
get an enrolment pack, jump online at elections.
org.nz, freetext your name and address to 3676,
call 0800 36 76 56, or visit any PostShop.
To fnd out more about the elections and to see
the Pre-Election Report go to www.pcc.govt.nz and
search "Election 2013".
STAND FOR COUNCIL - ENROL TO VOTE
Minister Hon Chris
Tremain said last week
that online voting
at future local elec-
tions is not far off. He
Leggett for his leader-
ship in this area and
will be announcing a
plan for implementing
online voting shortly.
Above: Pool roll cover and seating. Below: New hydro slide stairs and tunnel.
What do you think?
Getting a handle on parking
in the CBD is integral to revi-
talising the city centre. Park-
ing affects the way people
access and move around
the area and contributes
to the quality of the urban
The Council is preparing a
Parking Strategy which will
look at all kinds of parking
in the city centre, from short
stay visitor parking to long
stay parking for city workers
and rail commuters.
For the next few weeks, re-
search staff will be counting
parked cars throughout the
city centre and interviewing
motorists. If you're ap-
proached, tell us what you
think would help improve
the experience for visitors to
the city centre.
Businesses and property
owners will also be asked
about their specifc parking
For more information contact
Harriet Shelton on 237 1379,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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