Horowhenua Mail : May 19th 2011
3 THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011 firstname.lastname@example.org www.allroofsolutions.co.nz New Roofs, Re Roofs and Repairs Call 0800 106 449 2149873AC Graham Andrew Malcolm Managing Director John Diane There in Times of Need 9-11 Hinemoa Street, Paraparaumu For 24 hour assistance Telephon e 04-298-5168 Kapiti Coast Funeral Home 3568310AC Carpet Tiles Wood Vinyl 1-3 Parata Street, Waikanae Phone 04 293 4133 Free underlay on Smartstrand *conditions apply No Interest and No Repayments before 2012 Free measure and quote Here's 4 Important Reasons Why You Need To Call Chelsea House #1 We are open from 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday-Friday. #2 Our teacher/child ratios exceed Ministry standards so your child receives more individual care and attention. #3 We have a flat fee structure which means you could be paying a lot less for full-time care than hourly rate providers - and meals are included! #4 The Raumati and Levin Centres have both set the standard for care and education on the Coast. Call us now for a no obligation appointment Raumati - Yvonne 04 902 5437 (KIDS) Levin - Ann 06 368 5437 (KIDS) As property investors ourselves we will look after your property as if it was our own. Superior and trusted management of investment properties 0800 455 622 Raewyn Thomas 027 246 5696 Kerry-Ann de Ruiter 027 212 0763 email@example.com 3538370AB Motor camp figures surprise residents By TANYA WOOD Foxton residents attending a Sunday meeting to give views on spending priorities for the area were staggered to learn the council-run Foxton Beach Pinewood motor camp barely made a profit. More than 20, mostly Foxton Beach residents including ward councillors Anne Hunt and David Allan, attended the public consultation in Holben Parade pavilion, held by the Foxton Community Board as part of its submission preparation to the Horowhenua District Council draft annual plan. Chairman Neville Gimblett said the motor camp had made a profit of just $6000 in the last financial year, and $278,000 had been spent upgrading it, paid for last year out of the Foxton Beach freeholding fund. The motor camp, part of the freeholding fund assets, is under council management. Mr Gimblett said further improvements to the facilities, including the toilet and shower blocks and a new recreation hall, were needed. The board would not spend any more money until it received an itemised break- down of the $89,000 overheads fee, charged to the freeholding fund by council, and a more detailed breakdown of camp running costs. One member of the audience suggested management of the motor camp could be tendered rather than automatically run by council. It was valued at $900,000 three years ago and is currently being revalued. Despite barely breaking even, those at the meeting agreed the motor camp was an important asset to the community, and should remain in the freeholding fund which would continue to be used for long-term beach projects. Mr Gimblett said the fund s cash reserves stood at about $600,000, which would limit the amount of spending in the short- term, but the board aimed to increase the fund to $6 million by selling 70 freehold properties in the Forbes Rd development. The figure would also include the leasehold values of the motor camp and about 40 lease- hold properties. Residents at the meeting raised concerns about the extra traffic down Edinburgh Tce, which was barely wide enough for one car, according to one user, the lack of footpaths in lower Taylor St, frequently used by school children, and the gen- eral state of footpaths, prompting suggestions that council grants be given to local community groups which could do paving work more cheaply and efficiently. Mr Gimblett was pleased with the turnout and said it was important to get community input which added more weight to the board s sub- mission. Final submissions agreed by the Foxton Community Board at a workshop on Monday night include: Rebuilding the old wharf at the Manawatu Marine Boating Club. Total cost still to be con- firmed, but $53,000 will come from the Department of Conser- vation (the amount they would have paid to demolish the wharf), with the remainder from the freeholding fund. Foxton Surf Life Saving Club upgrade. To carry over the $102,000 allocated in the annual plan to next year, until funding options are known. Pinewood Motor Camp. Freeze all major spending until the board sees a full financial review of expenditure and a long-term business model from council. Road and footpath improvements. To include the required upgrades to Taylor St and Edinburgh Tce. Dawick Street Hall. To be demolished. Teppett Rose Garden. Recom- mend the proposed $65,000 for the garden expansion is used for the town plan upgrade instead. River loop. Request $25,000 to fund a Taskforce Green group funding to improve the area around the river loop. Submissions to Horowhenua District Council are due today and hearings will begin June 1. Theatre addictive Farming to acting: Shannon's Michael van Echten rehearses for Sheep. CONTINUED Page 10 By KARA LOK Michael van Echten s life took an unexpected turn in 2009 when he signed up for his high school musical production. Drama wasn t offered in the school . . . There were no drama groups in Palmerston North, it was very sport orientated. But when the school, Longburn Adventist College, decided to pro- duce a show in his final year he opted to give it a crack and has been an active member of New Zealand s performing arts scene ever since. The talented 19-year- old from Shannon is part of Wellington- based Long Cloud Youth Theatre company, run by Dutch director Wil- lem Wassenaar. Long Cloud is preparing for its latest production, Sheep, by play- wright Arthur Meek.
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