The Rangitikei District comprises 4,500 square kilometres of mainly lush, rural land. It is a diverse district, ranging from the sand plains on the south coast - which stretch inland almost as far as Bulls - to the magnificent hill country of the upper Rangitikei.
Results of public meetings called to form for Community Committees and Reserve Management Committees
Nominations for the Rangitikei District’s Community Committees and Reserves Management Committees closed at 4.00 pm Friday 22 November 2013. Public meetings were called on 2 December 2013 in Marton and Bulls and 3 December 2013 in Turakina to form committees, by accepting further nominations or (in the case of Bulls) by conducting a ballot.
The following is the result. Additional valid nominations received at these meetings are asterisked.
draft Fire Prevention Bylaw 2013 - open for consultation
The summer of 2012 – 2013 proved to be a very busy season for both Council’s rural fire force and the New Zealand Fire Service. In response to the extremely dry weather conditions a total fire ban was imposed over the whole of the Rangitikei and much of the wider region.
However, the legislation that empowers Council to impose fire restrictions necessary to protect life and property does not extend to urban areas. For this reason Council is considering the introduction of a bylaw that will address the needs of the whole District, by aligning declarations made for the rural areas to take effect in urban areas.
Additionally Council receives complaints, throughout the year, from members of the community relating to nuisance caused by smoke and fumes from open fires lit without consideration for their neighbours and often burning environmentally damaging materials. Therefore, the proposed bylaw also has provisions to prevent nuisance and harm from fires.
Submissions close at 12 noon on 21 January 2014.
You may wish to speak in support of your written submission. Oral hearings will be held on 30 January 2014.
By-elections for the Ratana and Taihape Community Boards
At close of nominations for the October local elections, there were three nominations for the Taihape Community Board and three for the Ratana Community Board, leaving a vacancy in each. The election of Angus Gordon as Councillor in the Taihape Ward means that there is a second vacancy in the Taihape Community Board.
Section 117 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 requires by-elections to be held in such circumstances. However, if no nomination is received for either of the Boards, section 117A of the Act permits the Board to fill the vacancy by an appointment confirmed by Board resolution.
Nominations for the vacancies in both Boards will open on 18 November 2013 (see below) and close on 16 December 2013. The outcome will be publicly notified on 23 December 2013. If an election is held, it will be by postal vote, and delivery of voting papers will start on 20 January 2014, with voting closing on 11 February 2014.
The November 2013 bulletin encompasses the following topics:
Pay your Water and Rates accounts automatically
Summer Fire Season
HELP OUR SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANTS – and save us all some money!
Path to Well-being Conference – Taihape, 15 November 2013
The new Council
Flooding at Mataroa Road
|Animal Control/Compliance Officer|
The Rangitikei and the Manawatu are great places in which to live. We have great schools, great towns and all the outdoor pursuits you can imagine.
Rangitikei District Council provides animal control services to both the Rangitikei and Manawatu districts under a shared service agreement.
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