Message from the Mayor
Kia ora Masterton,
It’s events season and I was thrilled to see so many people at the Halloween Island event a few weeks ago. Make sure you mark December 19 on your calendar for the community Christmas Parade and all the fun festivities in Queen Elizabeth Park afterwards. And of course, Pack the Bus is back for another year. The bus will be heading through Wairarapa from 2–9 December, and we’d love any gift donations that can be passed on to people within our community who may need a little help this Christmas.
The council is working on a number of key projects that are going to enhance Masterton over the long term – revamping our town centre and our options for developing a multi-purpose civic centre. These, along with the “What’s our Welcome” project to refresh the entrances into town, are going to add to what makes Masterton a home to be proud of. In the meantime, we need to change our habits a little to adjust to our growing population and parking availability. Take a look at the parking map on the next page and think about where you can park instead of heading straight to Queen Street next time. And finally, now is the time for you to have your say. We’re developing our plan for the future of Masterton and we need your help to make sure it hits the mark. Head to the council website or pop into the council office or library for more information.
Have your say about Masterton’s future
The council is in the midst of developing plans for what we want to achieve for our district over the next 10 years, and we need your help. We want to know…
- if you agree with our key focus areas for making Masterton a better place
- how we can best support our community to rebound from COVID-19
- what we should do to ensure our community has access to water.
Tell us what you think before the end of November and go in the draw to win*….
- a hamper of amazing Wairarapa produce valued at more than $300
- tickets to see Stormzy live at the TSB Arena in Wellington (date to be confirmed)
- a family pass to Crusty Demons in Masterton 6 March 2021.
Pick up a survey at the council office, Masterton Library or take a look at the website. Submissions close 4:30pm Monday 30 November. *Terms and conditions.
Come chat to us
Thursday 12 November, 12noon – 2pm, Charlie’s Lane, Queen Street
Thursday 19 November, 12noon – 2pm, Lansdowne shops
Thursday 26 November, 12noon – 2pm, Kuripuni shops
Save a space…for those who need it
Masterton’s population is growing and that means more demand for parking in our town centre. It wouldn’t be possible to simply build more and more carparks for everyone that wanted one – we have to start changing our behaviour like people in larger towns and cities do.
We’ve also got an ageing demographic and we need to look after the older members of our community, those with less mobility, and those with young children. The council is looking at parking demand in different areas and developing a long-term plan for meeting the needs of our community. In the meantime, we’re trying to free up parking space in Queen Street for those who need it.
If you can park and walk today, it might be you that needs the priority space outside the shops in the future. It’s easier and cheaper, and often faster, to park in one of the council’s free carparks. There are more than 750 spaces across 15 different carparks. Keep a look out for the blue parking “P” signs next time you’re heading into town.
Managing and minimising our waste
Wairarapa, we need to manage the waste we send to landfill and reduce it as much as we can. Every year about 600 kilograms of waste per person is sent to landfill. We need to cut that by a third as part of a region-wide minimisation plan. The three Wairarapa councils are proposing a new bylaw that includes initiatives to reduce and manage waste. For example:
- We’re proposing that managers of large events and construction firms building high-value projects develop waste management plans. We’ll work with these groups to help get them started.
- We’re also proposing that private waste collectors and operators be registered so we can get a better picture of how much waste is going to landfill.
The proposed Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw will also make sure our efforts are aligned with the rest of the Wellington region. Have your say on the proposed bylaw or pick up further information from the Masterton District Council office at 161 Queen Street or the Masterton Library. Submissions close Monday 30 November.
TONIGHT – Wairarapa foodbank annual street-wide collection
Wednesday 11 November
Wednesday 18 November
2pm – Infrastructure and Services Committee meeting
3pm – Audit and Risk Committee meeting Kiwi Room, Waiata House, 27 Lincoln Road
Wednesday 25 November
2pm – Awards and Grants Committee meeting Kiwi Room, Waiata House, 27 Lincoln Road
Wednesday 2 – Wednesday 9 December
Pack the Bus
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 December
Wairarapa Libraries Book Sale. Greytown Town Hall and Library
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