We are proposing some changes to what was planned for 2019/20 when we did the Long Term Plan 2018-28 last year.
There has been much talk in the community about fixing our water issues. We have $31.9 million to spend on water over the next 10 years, but we want to bring some of those projects forward and we want to deliver some new projects ($7.8 million), all of which will help address water clarity (dirty water) issues and optimise the supply network.
A major project now being progressed following community consultation is the Waste Minimisation and Management Plan (WMMP) for Napier and Hastings. This plan includes our recycling service. Recently, China decided to stop taking recycling from New Zealand. Malaysia is now saying no to our non-recyclable plastics. This has an impact on what we do with our waste and we can expect further changes as the industry continues to change. The cost of the recycling service is going up too. We want your feedback about how these extra costs could be covered.
It is a constant balancing act to get things right. We want to tackle the big issues like water and waste, deliver our other community activities, and invest in opportunities that maintain Napier as a vibrant, sustainable city while keeping it affordable. All of the changes mean that our projected increase for all ratepayer types of 5.1% has increased by 1.3%. For example, for the average household this will mean an overall increase of $2.62 per week.
We also have to keep an eye on other challenges which will impact on our planning in the coming years, such as climate change.
I encourage you to come along to the community feedback meetings, and to go online and tell us what you think of our plans.
Mayor of Napier