13 August 2016
Report no: CDC2016/4/211
Seaview Working Group 12 Monthly Update to 30 June 2016
Purpose of Report
1. This report summarises the Seaview Working Group (SWG) performance against agreed targets for the 12 months to 30 June 2016.
2. The report has been prepared on the basis of information provided by SWG and officer input.
3. Representatives of SWG will speak to this report.
It is recommended that the Committee receives the report.
4. Council has contracted the SWG to undertake specific actions outlined in the Vision Seaview/Gracefield 2030 Implementation Strategy and Work Plan.
5. SWG operates as an Incorporated Society using allocated funding of $44,000 in the LTP/Annual Plan to implement the work plan.
6. This is the end of the fifth full year of activity undertaken by SWG.
7. The SWG report for the 12 months to 30 June 2016 is attached as Appendix 1 to this report.
8. Highlights for the year to 30 June 2016 include:
· Advocating on the boy racer issues in the Seaview/Gracefield area.
· Monitoring progress on the Port Road erosion protection work advocated for last year.
· Continued work on improving security arrangements in the area building of the successful security monitoring arrangements implemented last year.
· Continued programme of business events.
· Involvement in the Hutt City STEMM Festival – providing student tours of various businesses.
· Working with ETU Sculpture Trust on a number of new sculptures in the area.
9. The Seaview Working Group continues to be represented by an active, interested group of business people in the area.
10. The board continues to focus on a number of issues which are relevant and important for the area and its members. In particular security and safety issues in the area, including boy racers, improved seawall protection and car parking along Port Road. The Board was reinstated at the recent AGM and the Chair, Angus Kincaid was reappointed for a further term.
11. Attendance at events remains mixed but they provide an important forum for networking and a number have been popular e.g. NZ Post BA5 in conjunction with the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce.
12. SWG was again active in the 2nd annual STEMM Festival with tours of 14 businesses by 69 senior students from Hutt City schools. Feedback from last year was used to improve the student experience.
13. Close coordination with ETU Sculpture Trust is creating a sculpture trail in the area.
14. SWG has submitted its report for the year ended 30 June 2016 attached as Appendix 1 for the Committee’s consideration. Representatives of SWG will be present to speak to their report.
15. There are no legal considerations.
16. SWG is funded on an annual basis form an allocation of funds made in the LTP/Annual Plan for economic development activities in the city.
17. In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government in that it furthers the future economic development of the city. It does this in a way that is cost-effective because it makes use of and leverages off existing resources within the business community.
SWG Report to Council - Year to 30 June 2016
Author: Gary Craig
Divisional Manager City Development
Approved By: Kim Kelly
General Manager, Strategic Services