It was the first time council had operated a week-long stand in Queensgate, and it saw environmental consents staff handing out 1,000 copies of a free guide on residential earthquake strengthening and details about council’s free advisory service to help people make their homes warmer and healthier.
The response from the public was amazing, says Manager Environmental Consents Helen Oram.
“Visitors to the plaza were invited to take away a copy of the guide – Earthquake Strengthen Your House – to help them identify features of their properties that might need to be strengthened to withstand earthquakes, such as un-reinforced brick chimneys or walls and foundations. They could also book an assessment of their home by a qualified builder,” says Helen.
“People were interested in the guide, and pleased that council had produced this free resource to help them understand the possible implications of an earthquake on their homes. They also liked the fact we were making it easy for them to find out about this and other council services.”
Council’s eco design advisory service was also promoted. Free to Hutt City residents, the eco design advisor provides independent advice about how to create a healthier, drier and warmer home.
If you missed out on a copy of the Earthquake Strengthen Your House guide, you can download it here or pick up a hard copy from the council offices on Laings Rd.
Details about the eco design service are also available on our website or by phoning 570 6927.