Our next meeting on earthquake prone buildings will be a Technical Expert Panel of engineers, architects and geotechnical people to answer your questions.
We have confirmed engineers – Adam Thornton (Dunning Thornton) and Jon Devine (Spencer Holmes) – and are in the process of finalising the other speakers.
Date: Wednesday 13 June 2012 (Please note: this will replace the ICA meeting on 12 June)
Time: 5.45pm for 6 – 7.30 pm
Venue: CQ Hotel, 213-223 Cuba St
Further information on speakers and format will be advised via email and on the ICA website (www.ica.org.nz). WCC will also be advertising this event.
If you have specific questions you would like to submit to the panel, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The minutes of the AGM have been distributed to the ICA contact list and are also available here. AGM 8May12 minutes.
The AGM was well attended with 21 members present. There was good discussion and three new people have agreed to be on the Committee. Subscriptions ($10 per person) for the 2012/13 are now due – this contribution helps pay for administration of ICA (postage, website domain charges, etc). Click for details for payment.
Attendees were provided with a brief update on a recent meeting the WCC Chief Executive, Garry Poole, Director of Citizen Engagement, Wendy Walker, and Deputy Mayor, Ian McKinnon where Geraldine Murphy and Olivier Lacoua discussed the issues raised by businesses during the ICA awareness campaign in 2011. Further information will be posted on this soon.
We discussed the proposed ICA submission on the Draft Long Term Plan. This has now been submitted after being distributed to members for feedback last week. LTP 2012-22 Submission Geraldine Murphy will speak to the submission at 9.20 am on 29 July.
We have updated our website to add a ‘Related Groups’ tab and will be progressively adding groups that are relevant to inner city residents and businesses. If you know of any group that would be worth including here, please email email@example.com.
ICA proposes to make the following submissions on the Draft Long Term Plan. These are based on issues and concerns raised by residents and businesses during the last 12-18 months.
Feedback is required by 6 pm, Thurs 17 May 2012, so the submission can be prepared and submitted by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 18 May.
The key points are as follows:
ICA acknowledges that it is important to maintain and continue to develop Wellington city as a creative, diverse, sustainable and inclusive city, but that the Council must live within its means (as residents and businesses must do) – focusing its resources on the critical infrastructure and processes to support economic growth. To do this ICA makes the following submissions.
- Use some (suggest 20-30%) of the Destination Wellington funding to resource better support for existing and new small businesses, who comprise the bulk of businesses in Wellington. It is cheaper to retain and support existing businesses than attract new ones.
- Allocate funds currently targeted towards a new inner city park, Memorial Park, Victoria St changes to providing additional resources to improve safety and security across the whole inner-city. This could be for increased CCTV, WCC uniformed security staff to provide a presence.
- Support the $1.5m for initiatives to help building owners meet their requirements for strengthening (advise, support forums, etc) is necessary as there is a public good arising from the resulting strengthening, and owners will continue to fund the actual costs.
- Support the $329,000 pa over next three years for heritage grants is necessary as there is a public good component from retaining these buildings, and owners are bearing the actual costs of strengthening.
- Support for WCC to strengthen essential infrastructure in the event of an earthquake, eg roads, water, as this ensures community resilience.
- Support for WCC’s programme to strengthen its own building portfolio provided that the programme uses the available timeframe rather than fast-track the strengthening programme. Ratepayers must fund this work, along with their own strengthening/earthquake resilience needs in times of financial constraints.
- To further review all other initiatives and to work with the Regional Council to continue to defer non-essential capital works and reduce the overall rates increase of the combined WCC and Regional Council: an average increase of 9.4% residential and 11.4% commercial. This level of increase is not sustainable given the economic and financial constraints facing ratepayers.
Do you agree with these submissions? Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment as follows:
Question #, Support/Don’t support; comments
Feedback is required by 6 pm, Thurs 17 May 2012
Professor Robert Merkin (UK Research Professor of Commercial Law) will talk on this topic – which is timely given the financial impacts facing owners of inner city buildings due to insurance increases.
When: 17 May 2012, 5.30 pm
Where: Old Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay (Lecture Theatre 1)
Sponsored by NZ Centre for Public Law and NZ Centre for International Economic Law.
There has been a happening this year under the ICA umbrella. As well as the standard AGM activities, there will be an update on activities (EQ subcommittee & ICA awareness campaign to businesses) and a chance to provide feedback on the WCC’s draft Long Term Plan, which will form the basis of ICA’s submission on the plan.
Organisations such as ICA need both continuity and new energy/ideas. We will be calling for nominations for committee positions and I encourage you to consider putting your name forward for nomination.
A copy of the Chair’s report is attached. Chairs report 2011-12 final.
We look forward to seeing you there.
A summary of the questions and answers from the meeting on 24 April 2012 are available here. Updates on meetings will be provided on this website. You can register to be advised of updates on this website (see right-hand side of screen).