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News in brief, May 22, 2023

New road layout

A new road layout is scheduled for the intersection of Ngaumutawa Rd and State Highway 2 this morning. Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency [NZTA] said the roundabout at the intersection of Ngaumutawa Rd and State Highway 2 was marked out using cones last night. “We’ll be working as quickly as possible to install the permanent roundabout. Weather permitting, roadworkers will lay asphalt on and around this intersection later in May.” NZTA said the final seal and line marking would take place at the end of the year, once conditions are warmer and drier. It said further south, the installation of flexible median barriers between Norfolk Rd and Wiltons Rd has begun. The work is scheduled for completion in early June. “The crews will then move on to the section between Wiltons Rd and the turnaround facility at Clareville.” NZTA said it appreciated that the upgrades had been “disruptive.”

get creative

Masterton District Council [MDC] is calling for applications to the Creative Communities Scheme. It said funding round four applications must be submitted by 4:30pm on Friday, May 26. MDC said the Creative Communities Scheme encouraged community involvement, celebrated cultural diversity, and encouraged young people to participate in arts activities. “Applications can be made for things like exhibitions, workshops, personnel costs associated with short-term projects, artist development, arts promotion, and community participation.” More information about the scheme can be found on MDC’s community grants webpage on mstn.govt.nz.

Census notice

Almost 4.5 million people have returned their census forms so far, but households that have not taken part yet can expect to receive a final notice about the census. Census New Zealand deputy chief executive and collection operations manager Simon Mason said that as of Friday, about 55,000 final notice packs with new access codes and paper forms had been mailed to non-responding households. He said people returning paper forms needed to make sure they arrived with Stats NZ by June 30 to be counted. “The final notice sets out the legal requirements of the census, including avoiding a fine up to $2,000 by taking part,” he said.

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