Social and recreation
5.3 Public health and safety
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We work to protect Wellingtonians from threats to their health and safety.
What we do
- Burials and cremations
- Public toilets
- Public health regulations
- City safety
- Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO).
Public confidence in the safety of the city’s streets and suburbs is a top priority. Wellington enjoys a reputation as a safe city with a vibrant CBD.
Wellington’s location makes earthquake-preparedness particularly important, though the city is also at risk of other civil emergencies such as flooding and tsunami.
We also have legislative requirements to maintain public health standards by regulating food and liquor outlets, animals, trade waste and managing environmental noise problems.
We also provide public toilets, cemeteries and crematorium services as a vital public health function.
- We will develop a Graffiti management plan to provide a framework to implement the Regional Graffiti Prevention Strategy: 2013-2017. The plan will also provide guidelines for the prevention and removal of graffiti vandalism.
- We will continue to support Wellington’s International Safe City status through business as usual programmes. This includes strengthening partnerships with community patrols and neighbourhood support groups, the Local Hosts programme, and partnerships with the community and the Police to monitor the CCTV safety cameras.
- Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) – As of July 2012 a new regionally shared emergency management organisation – WREMO has been operating. The new organisation is hosted by the Wellington Regional Council but it is accountable to the region’s Mayors and the Chief Executives’ Group of all the regional local authorities. WREMO has been updating a number of regional emergency management plans and delivering training programmes for Civil Defence volunteers. In addition it has been re-organising the main Emergency Operations Centres for the region and ensuring that these will be ready to be activated in an emergency. WREMO’s funding is based on population and the relative risk faced by each Local Authority. We will be reporting the progress towards improved city resilience. As well as connecting with national Civil Defence, we have joined the UN-Habitat Resilience Fund.
- Online payments for re-registration dogs – we will introduce an online payment system for dog registration. This will reduce administration and entry requirements for registration processing, improve fee recovery and improve our customer service through the use of online services.
- Food Act - We will implement legislative changes as a result of the government review of the Food Act. We will educate food businesses on the impact to their business and provide support for small to medium size businesses on how to transition and operate their businesses in relation to the new Food control plans.
Measuring our performanceTop
Our targets for 2013/14 are:
- The number of complaints received about registered dogs will not increase from previous year
- 100% of urgent dog control requests are responded to within one hour and 99% of non-urgent request within 24 hours
- 98% of food premises with an inspection rating of excellent or very good maintain or improve their inspection rating
- 80% of residents are satisfied or neutral (neither satisfied nor dissatisfied) with the cleanliness of WCC public toilets
- 95% of WCC public toilets meet required cleanliness and maintenance performance standards
- 100% of urgent request about WCC public toilets are responded to within four hours and 95% of non-urgent requests are responded to within three days
- 100% of planned inspections are carried out for high risk (category 3) premises
- 25% of inspections of high risk premises (category 3) are carried out during high trading hours
What it will costTop
|5.3 Public health and safety ||Operating expenditure 2013–14 ||Capital expenditure |
|Income ||Expenditure ||Net expenditure ||Total |
|($000) ||($000) ||($000) ||($000) |
|5.3.1 - Burials and cremations ||(865) ||1,704 ||839 ||308 |
|5.3.2 - Public toilets ||- ||2,364 ||2,364 ||387 |
|5.3.3 - Public health regulations ||(2,591) ||4,483 ||1,892 ||- |
|5.3.4 - City safety ||- ||1,372 ||1,372 ||- |
|5.3.5 - WREMO ||(39) ||1,300 ||1,261 ||22 |
|2013/14 5.3 Total ||(3,495) ||11,223 ||7,728 ||717 |
|2012/13 5.3 Total ||(3,360) ||12,058 ||8,698 ||696 |