Keeping Rate Increases Low

We should be reinvesting in our assets, or selling off ones (such as some of our Urban Plus) to free up money to invest into new council assets. We shouldn’t be increasing rates if there are other ways. I’m committed to keeping rates pin to CPI & inflation if possible.

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Encouraging EV Uptake

Council’s emissions only make up 4% of the city-wide emissions in Lower Hutt. While the council is working towards a target of carbon zero, work also needs to be done to encourage the rest of Lower Hutt to be so too.

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LittaTrap’s in Stormwater drains

A New Zealand company has come up with a low-cost solution to stop rubbish from entering our stormwater system. A littatrap can be easily installed in stormwater drains and collects rubbish in its net. This can then easily be removed and emptied. Obviously, this doesn’t fix the source of the issue but does help with the effects. Along with capturing the rubbish in the nets, we also need to look at revamping our recycling bin’s across the city.

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Rubbish & Recycling System for Our Elements

Small topless crates aren’t sufficient in size or protection from the elements. If elected, one of the first things I’ll be working towards is a revamped recycling system. A two-bin system is in place in other cities around the region and works far better than our current crate system. For the average size family, the crate isn’t big enough to recycle everything that can be recycled. Once it is full, the wind & rain cause some of the items to be blown around the streets into our stormwater system. Closed bins provide protection from the elements, more space for recycling, and easier to move for those less able (as they have wheels)

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Transparency

If elected, one of my main focuses will be on being truly transparent. Too often elected members are hidden away and not accessible or forthcoming with information. As a councillor, elected by the city, it is my duty to be transparent during every decision making process. I will be looking to social media & digital platforms so that ratepayers can also help drive efficient decision making.

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Recycle and renew Council assets

Lower Hutt needs to recycle and renew council assets to pay for new infrastructure that our city needs. We can’t keep piling more debt onto the future ratepayers. Decisions need to be made like a business would, with robust cost-to-benefit analysis and a payment plan. If you don’t have funds to do something you recycle or renew what you do have.

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Petone to Grenada Link Road (P2G)

I support the Petone to Grenada Link Road. The main reason for me is better connection for Lower Hutt to Transmission Gully, and the redevelopment of the interchange with Petone’s Esplanade & SH2.

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Utilising The Esplanade

Petone’s waterfront is one of the nicest parts of the entire Wellington region. For such an amazing space it is so underutilised at present. While I don’t want to see high-rise apartments dominating this area, I think with careful consideration of the environment & historic nature of Petone, The Esplanade could easily become an amazing place for both locals and those visiting our great city. Hutt City Council has already approved the construction of low-rise apartments in this area, and with some smart city planning this space could be transformed.

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