CBD, Rygate and Caves is the makeover any sooner?

Wellington Council has engaged Moir Landscape Architecture and Northrop Consulting Engineers to undertake a review of the costings for the CBD beautification.

The cost of engaging the consultants is $22,700 (excluding GST). 

A report to council says that 'all going according to plan' means that a fully-costed scope of works on the three options will be able to be presented to council at its Ordinary Meeting in September.

A Rygate Park redevelopment meeting was held recently with key staff, Councillor Graham Cross and sports representative Marie Cornish to discuss the current plans and issues surrounding this project. 

As a result of that meeting it is proposed to go back to the Community Facilities Committee with a revised scope of works on September 1 with the expectation that a costed scope of works for Stage 1 being presented to council at its Ordinary Meeting in September. 

The Wellington Caves Complex redevelopment is moving along too. 

A report to council says it is now planned to have this report presented to council at the Ordinary Meeting in September also. 

Unfortunately it has taken longer than anticipated to source costings for the proposed work from local and regional tradesmen. 

It is planned to present to council a fully-costed scope of works for the complex in general, for which funding from INSW can be used as Stage 1. 

Council will then be able to set its priorities around future redevelopment of the complex and be able to seek grant funding based on the costed scope of works. Something which has not been possible in the past. 

Council is currently in the process of undertaking work at the Caves Kiosk, which is in the 2015/16 Budget, and funded by council. 

This work includes internal (completed) and external painting of the kiosk, along with re-sanding and polishing of the floor (completed). 

This work has made a tremendous difference to the Kiosk, and councillors are encouraged to have a look if they get the opportunity. 

The council appointed a new manager last week at the caves.

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