Brigade call-outs dip
It was relatively quiet for the Ōtaki Volunteer Fire Brigade in February, with only 14 call-outs. Last year there were 18. In January this year there were 22 (30 in January 2022). The brigade attended seven call-outs for rubbish or vegetation fires this February; two each for medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents; and one each for private fire alarms, “good intent” and assisting the Levin brigade.
Major Events Fund open
Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Major Events Fund is open to applications for growth and major events that will stimulate tourism and contribute to the district’s economy. Anyone planning an event between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024 is urged look at the eligibility criteria on the KCDC website to determine what’s needed for their application and get it in to council by 5pm on March 31. The funding round has $80,000 available. It is the balance of $200,000 annually, with $120,000 already committed in 2023/24 for events such as the Māoriland Film Festival, Ōtaki Kite Festival, Kāpiti Food Fair, Xterra Wellington, and Matariki Ramaroa that the council is supporting over consecutive years. This year’s funding is available in two categories: the Strategic Growth Fund ($50,000 for events expecting up to 2000 attendees but can demonstrate potential to attract more); and $30,000 for major events that will have 2000 attendees or more.
Funds for bowls shed
Ōtaki Bowling Club has received $23,680 for construction of a garage/shed. The money comes from the latest funding round of the NZ Community Trust.
Gorge track on hold
Plans to open a walking track over the Ōtaki Gorge Road slips are on hold pending further expert assessment. A track has been built over the slips, but wet winter has caused further movement and instability. KCDC says it’s taking a cautious approach in the interests of public safety and will keep the new track closed until it’s sure the area is stable.