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Council pay rises planned
Waimakariri District s mayor
will receive a $104,850 annual
salary after the local elections
on October 12, 2013, and its 10
councillors will get $33,500
each, as a result of recommenda-
tions to the council by its admin-
istration manager Kevin Lamb.
The mayor of Waimakariri
will be paid slightly less than
the mayor of neighbouring
Selwyn District, who earns
$105,350, but Waimakariri
councillors will get more than
their Selwyn counterparts, who
will receive $31,600.
The Waimakariri mayor s pay
packet is in line with similar
districts such as Kapiti Coast,
Invercargill and Porirua.
District Mayor David Ayers
takes home $99,300; deputy
mayor Kevin Felstead earns
$34,307, and councillors get
$30,450. Community Board
chairpeople get $7105 and
members receive $6090.
After the elections in October,
the Rangiora Community Board
chairperson will be paid $14,000
and members $7000, while the
Kaiapoi and Woodend-Ashley
community boards chairpeople
will earn $13,000 and their
members will get $6500.
A report released in May pro-
posed that councillors consider
assigning another $30,000 for
the council s governance budget.
The changes have been included
in the 2013-2014 annual plan.
Delight and frustration over bridge uncertainty
By CATE BROUGHTON
COMMUNICATION: Between two
public meetings and a leap in the
number of people subscribing to the
Waimakariri District Council's bridge
closure text alert service, there is now
more public awareness regarding the
challenges faced by the Ashley
IT HAS been a roller-coaster fort-
night for the woman who laun-
ched the Fix Ashley Bridge
Nicola Frame was so distraught
when the bridge closed two weeks
ago that she created the page,
which attracted more than 1000
likes. She was then overjoyed
when the bridge opened again on
Sunday, and frustrated to hear of
its further closure on Tuesday.
When I got that text (that the
bridge was reopening), I nearly
started crying. It was just the
greatest news I ve ever heard.
Ms Frame had been concerned
about the cost of petrol and the
implications of the closure on
access to emergency care, as her
daughter has a choking disorder.
I was so thrilled. It s just a big
weight off my mind -- with my
daughter, with the choking, and
the extra petrol money. It ended
up costing me a lot of time and
just over $130 extra, just in those
15 days it was closed, so I was
very happy, she said.
She was one of an estimated
150 people who packed out the
Ashley School hall on Wednesday
to hear the council explain the
bridge closures, how the river con-
ditions are assessed, and the
issues faced by the century-old
structure. If anything, she says,
she just wishes the information
evening had been held much ear-
Honestly, I m now a bit more
on their side -- I finally under-
stand the problems. I didn t know
before that the piers are only sunk
a metre-and-a-half into the
ground. I didn t know that they
couldn t go ahead with a new
bridge until the NZTA gave them
the finances, although I still think
they could have pushed harder for
that, she said.
It s still upsetting that it clo-
ses, but I now understand fully
how they rate (the water flow) up
in the Ashley Gorge and that it s
for our safety, not just the council
namby-pambying around, which
makes it a bit easier to swallow.
A desire to be kept in the loop
has also seen the Waimakariri
Council s bridge closure text alert
service take off in the last year.
We established email-based
alerts in 2010 and had about 70
subscribers, then last year, we
introduced texts, roading man-
ager Ken Stevenson said. As of
this week, we now have more than
1700 people signed up.
To subscribe to the bridge clos-
ure alerts, you can go to
waimakariri.govt.nz and fill in the
By RACHEL MACDONALD
Eyesore: Waimakariri District
councillor Peter Allen walks
every day down by the Ashley
river and is sick of picking up
other people's rubbish.
EARLY EVERY morning, Peter Allen takes to the
Ashley Rakahuri walkway for his daily consti-
tutional, meeting up with other regular exercisers
along the way.
The Waimakariri District councillor says they
are all sick and tired of cleaning up after the
brainless idiots who use the riverbank as a dum-
It s always been a problem, but it seems to have
got worse lately, especially down by the East Belt
car park, he says.
We re seeing full rubbish bags being dumped,
along with whole trailer-loads of garden waste
being tipped over the edge of the car park area.
Honestly, for the sake of a couple of dollars for
a rubbish bag, they could save themselves the cost
of their petrol to get there.
He says someone brought six pink Cancer
Society plastic bags full of rubbish down last week,
and dropped them all along the road on East Belt.
More regular offenders are people parking up to
eat takeaways and just throwing the packaging out
of the car window, rather than into the rubbish bin.
It s a real shame. There s been a huge amount
of work gone in down there by Ecan and the North
Canterbury cycle folk to try to develop this area as
a park, cycleway and walkway, and get it looking
good. It s a pity some people have to spoil it.
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