Annual Plan 2023/24

The council's Annual Plan 2023/24, including our work programmes for the coming year, can be found here(PDF, 68MB)

Some of the big decisions made by the council in this year’s Annual Plan include:

  • keeping the Rotokawau Virginia Lake Aviary open and funding immediate remedial works, as well as investigating options for enhancing the aviary for consideration in the Long-Term Plan 2024-2034 (see media release here)
  • a number of cuts and deferrals(PDF, 735KB) to budgets across the council's work programmes in order to keep the rates rise as low as possible
  • a rates rise of 8.3%, due to increased costs to deliver the council's services. Following the adoption of the plan, the rates rise was revised down to 7.9% due to there being a higher number of new properties in the district than expected. The additional growth has helped to reduce the rates increase for existing properties (see media release here)

After hearing community submissions on the Annual Plan, councillors also decided to:

  • reinstate $50,000 of the climate change budget to commission a district-specific risk and threat assessment
  • increase the Whanganui Surf Lifesaving Club annual grant by $15,000
  • refer a number of requests to the community initiatives process for the Long-Term Plan 2024-34.