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A long-term plan to be proud of: CEO

The 2018-28 long-term plan adopted by Gisborne District Council yesterday was one of which the council could be proud, says chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann.

The council also officially struck the rates for the 2018/19 financial year.

Staff considered the plan conservative but realistic, focused on delivering the council’s core responsibilities, she said.

There had been amendments to the maximum level of debt, which was increased from $85 million to $105 million.

Assumptions were based on a 5 percent interest rate.

The long-term capital work programme included $187 million in roading so there was a lot of work to be delivered over the next 10 years.

Acting mayor Rehette Stoltz thanked the chief executive and staff for a “massive amount of work that had been done in the last year”.

It had been tough listening to the community then balancing all the needs and wants, and coming up with a plan that took that all into account.

“We definitely focused on the basics,” she said.

They balanced that with a bit of liveability because at the end of the day it was that balance that made this place what it was, she said.

This year the council had engaged with many more people and she congratulated the staff on the way that had been done.

“This is a 10-year plan that we all can be proud of,” she said.

She thanked all her colleagues and the public for being part of and having input into this plan.

She paid special tribute to planning and performance manager Harley Dibble, who had managed three long-term plans during his 10 years on the council.

Today was his last day with the council. He is moving on to work for Activate Tairawhiti.

She acknowledged him for the hard work and the professional manner he had dealt with sometimes grumpy councillors and staff.

“You have always been very professional and you have always delivered,” she said as councillors applauded.

Mr Dibble said he had enjoyed working at the council but it was time for a change.

The council also resolved to set the rates for the financial year from July 2018 to June 2019.

They were told the rate requirement for the financial year was $57.08 million or $65.64 million with GST.

That was an overall average increase of 4.95 percent when compared to the last financial year.