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Thursday October 5, 2017

inbrief news Day new deputy mayor Northern Ward Councillor Jill Day has been promoted to become deputy mayor of Wellington City Council. Day, 38, takes over from Paul Eagle who is resigning from Council after winning the Rongotai seat in last month’s general election. Jill’s elevation has received approval from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, despite having been in the Council for only a year. “In her time to date as a councillor she has been well received by the community and is beginning to impress in the role. We look forward to working with her,” it says in a statement

Sale of Shelly Bay land puts popular cafe at risk By Meriana Johnsen MASSEY JOURNALISM STUDENT

Wellington City Council has approved the sale of land at Shelly Bay meaning a popular cafe will likely be demolished now the 350-property development is going ahead. The Chocolate Fish cafe has been at Shelly Bay for the past eight years and is popular with families for its huge outdoor area. Cafe owner John Pennington said that from what he had seen of the plans, that area would be replaced with high-rise buildings. John says he is hopeful the cafe would be included in the development but this had not been confirmed. “I’m not quite sure what happens here, whether it gets bowled, because obviously some of it is rubbish, or whether the facade will be saved. I don’t know,” he says. However, the council’s website said that the officers’ mess

building is one of “three key heritage sites” that would be retained. Pennington said he expected that rental costs in the area would also increase if the development followed through, but he wasn’t sure if the other businesses were aware of this. He said a significant rent increase would push out the small surrounding art galleries and studios that rely on low rent to run their business. Cafe patron Tracy White says she is also concerned that the art galleries were “going to get priced out”. “You have to be hopeful. These things will happen whether you like it or not,” she says. The council received 1100 public submissions on whether the council should go through with the sale of its portion of the Shelly Bay land to the Wellington Company. The council made the decision to sell the land with seven votes in favour and five against, with two absentees.

The Chocolate Fish cafe is a popular spot for families due to its large outdoor play area. PHOTO: Meriana Johnsen

Wellington to introduce online building consents Building consents in Wellington can now be handled through a streamlined online application service, Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has announced. After a successful trial involving six other councils, the service has since Monday been available to all Wellington City Council building consent customers. Justin says this is a goal Council has been pursuing for some time. “Simplifying our building consents process is a huge

priority for our Council. A simple, easy to use online portal will allow people to track their applications and make the process easier. “As someone who’s set up my own business, I know what a difference this would have made.” He says public feedback from the trial had been extremely positive. The online service is being provided by GoCouncil, a partnership between Master Business Systems (MBS) the developers of GoGet and Nu-

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wave. MBS has more than 20 years of experience working with council building departments. Wellington City Council is part of GoShift, an initiative involving more than 20 councils, from Western Bay of Plenty to Nelson, which aims to improve the building consents process. Economic Development portfolio lead Simon Marsh says Council is intent on removing barriers to doing business in the city. “The ultimate goal is a one stop shop for consenting and regulatory processes. Online

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