The Greater Wellington Regional Council 2013/14 Annual Report, adopted today, highlights the wide variety of the work undertaken by the council.
Chair of the Council, Fran Wilde, says the report provides a summary of the diverse projects and activities that GWRC is responsible for, ranging from emergency management, the Wellington City Public Transport Spine Study and flood protection to catchment management and economic development. Bulk water supply was integrated into a new entity, Wellington Water, and options for expanding Wellington's water supply capacity were secured with the purchase of a 200-hectare block of land at Kaitoke.
"The previous financial year was a busy one for the council, with us responding to the worst earthquakes to hit the region since 1942, introducing our Whaitua Committees to help protect the quality of our waterway catchments and adopting the Wellington City Public Transport Spine Study, which confirmed a Bus Rapid Transit system for the Wellington CBD.
"We have also looked for ways to integrate our services with other councils in the region, including the combination of our bulk water supply services into a shared entity and work on a proposal to combine our economic agency, Grow Wellington, with Wellington City Council's relevant agencies into a regionally focused entity.
"It has been a successful year with many major projects coming to fruition. Despite this we have managed to keep costs low and provide a high level of service for ratepayers. Over the coming year we will continue to focus on managing costs while expanding our level of service."
For more information on the work of Greater Wellington Regional Council, or to view the Annual report, visit www.gw.govt.nz