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Marlborough Midweek, Blenheim, NZ  22 Mar 2018
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Council has reserves to meet disaster Council maintains a range of insurances so it can meet the cost of an emergency event.

it hasn't slashed ils emergency reserves, nor is it planning drastic cuts to its ability to deal with a flood or an earthquake.

Marlborough is part of the Local Authority Protection Programme which insures important public infrastructure like the water supply system and river controls.

Council also uses commercial insurers to top up that local authority insurance. Central government and the NZ Transport Agency also contribute to emergency repairs and renewals.

In the face of a large disaster, Council would be able to delay its capital expenditure programme (averaging over $50M per year) in order to reinstate vital infrastructure.

Any short term funding gaps get plugged by reserve funds maintained by Council. One of those funds is tagged 'emergency reserve' but it's not the only fund Council can draw on in an emergency. Another fund is tagged 'infrastructure upgrade' and currently that fund is helping pay for some of the 2016 earthquake damage. This reserve has a secure and continuous income stream.

Councillor Mark Peters, who chairs Council's subcommittee preparing the 2018-28 Long Term Plan, says everyone can be assured there has been a thorough review of the reserve fund structure and the level of exposure faced by Council.

"We look at the whole financial picture when we plan our budgets. I'd have to say that Council's finances are far more complex than a commercial business in the private sector but I have every confidence in its financial planning for emergencies," he said.

You can make a submission about the emergency reserve when submissions on the 2018-28 Long Term Plan open on Friday 13 April.

Lessons on litter Blenheim School is learning all about rubbish end waste. Students recently joined Council staff on a guided tour of Marlborough's Resource Recovery Centre. During their visit they were shown where their recycling goes once it leaves the kerbside, and what it gets made into.

Students also visited the reuse shop, the compost site, hazardous waste store end commercial sorting facility. They were surprised to discover they were wearing recycled plastic drink bottles as fleeces and that Marlborough's hazardous waste goes all the way to Europe to be disposed of.

The students had lots of ideas about what they could do at schoo to reduce waste and Council is looking forward to seeing them take action to make a positive difference to the environment.

More money needed to maintain gravel roads The state of unsealed roads is the most reported gripe about our roads, but cost is the nub of the problem.

Council, through Marlborough Roads, is responsible for maintaining more than 630km of gravel roads; some of them are quiet country lanes but others are busy industrial routes for heavy transport, often in places where the weather makes it challenging.

Use of these roads is low compared with sealed main roads but at certain times they can be very busy, for example with logging trucks. They're getting busier too, not just because of our primary industries but also due to more tourists exploring the district.

At the same time, gravel costs have jumped 50% in the last five years and there's every indication that the price will go higher.

Almost 18,000 cubic metres of gravel is laid down every year and NZTA meets just on half the cost of that, Council is proposing to raise its present $600,000 budget for maintenance of unsealed roads to $850,000 for the next year to catch up on the present maintenance backlog, and $800,000 for the years after that.

Make a submission on this and other funding proposals in the 2018-28 Long Term Plan when submissions open on Friday 13 April.

Book your event Marlborough's beautiful public parks and reserves, and the district's community halls, can be booked for special events, from weddings and family photographs to picnics and parties through to large public gatherings like concerts.

This summer Pollard Park has been busier than evei with bookings for festivals and concerts as well as weddings and children's parlies.

If you want to organise a function at a Council-managed public space, ensure there's no clash with other events by phoning 520 7400 or complete the online form to request a booking at: htt ps: //www. marlborough. go vt. n z/re c reati o n/pa r k s-a nd- re se rve s/ Mussel Festival a roaring success Mayor John Leggett opened the Havelock Seafood and Mussel Festival on Saturday. The day was a roaring success, with over 4,500 people enjoying a day of delicious local seafood and music from headliners The Black Seeds.

John and Mayoress Anne Best checked out all the stalls and awarded the Sanfords' tent the winner on the day for its seafood offerings, passionate volunteers and all pioceeds going to the Graeme Dingle Foundation Kiwi Can schools programme.

Pictured left to right: Mayor John Leggett: Kelvin Watt. Regional Manager Graeme Dingle Foundation: Grant Boyd, Sonfords.

Positive Ageing - home maintenance checklist Doing repairs and maintenance around the house can be overwhelming for elderly people but the cost can be even higher - to personal health and safety - when a house is cold or unsafe. It's sensible to get outside jobs done before winter.

The Good Homes Project has created three practical checklists to help people to assess what repairs or maintenance work is needed on their property. They're free to download: www.repairsandmamtenance.goodhomes. If you don't have a computer, ask family or try the information desk at the library.

There's also a 'solutions' section with tips about getting repairs done. The Good Homes Project suggests you: Talk to family or friends about who they use and the quality of their work Go to Citizens Advice Bureau. RSA. Age Concern or Grey Power for a list of local tradespeople Get at least two written quotes for a job unless you know the tradesperson well and you're confident in their work.

Contact Work and Income (WINZ) if you cannot afford to get the work done; you may qualify for help to pay for essential house repairs. Phone: 0800 552 002 or go to Wither Hills reservoir gets revamp Work to seismically strengthen and upgrade the Wither Hills reservoir began this week.

Over the next six months the 1970s structure, located south of Weld St, will receive a makeover. The project includes remediation of the external walls, internal concrete surfaces, floor slab and roof.

Pipework will also be replaced as part of the work.

While the upgrade is underway the area directly around the reservoir will be fenced off from Wither I Mils Farm Park users.

Although this won't affect people using the park, we ask that people be mindful of the work site and be aware of trucks using the Weld St entrance.

The upgrade of the 36m diameter reservoir, which can store up to 5.600 cubic metres of water, will mean it is fit for purpose for another 40 to 50 years. The project is planned to be completed by mid-October 2018.

War memorials restored Repair work to the Ward War Memorial is now complete with the Seddon War Memorial due to follow suit shortly, in time for ANZAC Day celebrations.

The Seddon and Ward War Memorials were damaged during the Kaikoura earthquake in November 2016.

The Ward War Memorial, which takes pride of place at the entrance to the Flaxbourne Domain on State Highway 1, suffered dislodged rock-work, lifted walls and damage to the plinth and obelisk.

The Seddon War Memorial endured damage which cracked the concrete base and caused significant damage to the upper retaining walls and the archway at the bottom of the site.

The cost of repairing these important community memorials has been funded by Council in conjunction with the Sutherland Self Help Trust, which is kindly providing assistance.

All washed up with nowhere to go It was too big for the skip so they just dumped it alongside. This broken down dinghy was recently dumped at one of the coin-operated rubbish skips in the Marlborough Sounds.

The rubbish skips are there for the convenience of Sounds residents and to discourage people spoiling its beauty. But it's fairly obvious that a skip is not the place for derelict vehicles or vessels.

Up to 400 cubic metres of refuse are taken away from the Sounds each year via the skips. While Council is looking at possible options for accepting recycling at these collection points that will be some time away yet. And it's not anticipated it will run to large items like boats! If the item you wish to dispose of doesn't fit in the Council provided rubbish skip, it's your responsibility to dispose of it properly.

In the meantime, the owner of the dinghy is encouraged to contact Council and discuss other options for its removal.

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Ward War Memorial
Seddon War memorial

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