Crs to Debate Library Book Charge
A controversial proposal to charge adult lenders for every library book is on the council's agenda this week. Up until now the libraries have only had to find 10% of their running costs, but the figure's been raised to 20%. A number of user charges being considered include a 50 cent charge for every book, rising to 80 cents after three years. Books for children and teens would be exempt. The cost of a library card would also rise by a dollar, from $2 to $3. The libraries get income from sources including fines for overdue books, charges on some books, and for the use of its computers linked to the Internet.
Local Man Killed in Head-On Smash
A Tauranga man's died in a head-on smash at the weekend. The 39 year old has not yet been named. The two car crash happened on State Highway 33 near Paengaroa on Saturday evening. Police say the man's car collided with a station wagon towing a boat coming from the opposite direction. Two adults and two children from the wagon, suffered moderate injuries.
Man Charged Over Woman's Death
It's likely the man in custody following a woman's death in Bay of Plenty will face further charges. The 38 year old woman was found dead in her bedroom in Kaingaroa on Friday night. A 33 year old man has appeared in Rotorua District Court on an assault charge. He's being held until his next appearance on Wednesday, when police say it's likely he'll face more serious charges.
Praise for 'Safe' Boaties
Local boaties have been given a thumbs up after a safety campaign at boat ramps on Saturday. Various groups including police and coastguard combined in the initiative, giving out information and checking safety gear. Search and Rescue Co-ordinator, Sergeant Craig Madden, says he was very pleased with the great majority of boaties who launched their craft. He says all boats had enough safety equipment, including buoyancy aids, with one exception. But one group which didn't have life jackets, approached all three boat ramps in an attempt to launch without the required safety gear.
Future Seafood Exports 'Worth 250m'
The Bay of Plenty could become a world class aquaculture region, with exports to the value of $250 million in about fifteen years time. That's the vision being outlined today, with the launch of a regional aquaculture strategy as part of a wider economic plan for the region. The regional aquaculture strategy is New Zealand's first. Regional Governance Chair John Cronin says the Bay has a unique and exciting opportunity. The aquaculture strategy is being released at the same time as celebrations to mark the nod given for a huge mussel farm off Opotiki.