Help Waipa plan for its fu­ture

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - GARY FAR­ROW

Waipa res­i­dents and ratepay­ers will soon have an op­por­tu­nity to have their say on what the district coun­cil plans to do over the next 10 years.

The draft 10-Year Plan for 2018-28 will be re­leased on March 15, and ex­plains the coun­cil’s pro­gramme for the next decade, how much it will cost, and the ben­e­fits it will bring to the district.

Mayor Jim Mylchreest strongly en­cour­ages peo­ple to let them­selves be heard.

‘‘It’s an im­por­tant time for ev­ery­body to ei­ther com­ment on what’s ac­tu­ally in the plan, and whether they sup­port it or not,’’ he said.

‘‘There is also the op­por­tu­nity for any other ideas that the com­mu­nity has to come for­ward with those now.’’

Mylchreest said while there was no guar­an­tee those projects would get funded, it’s a chance for the pub­lic to let the coun­cil know what is im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity, so it is worth­while if there are any is­sues peo­ple are con­cerned about.

He said the projects may not be con­sid­ered in this round, but could be fu­ture projects coun­cil can start think­ing about for the next an­nual plan or 10-year plan.

‘‘Coun­cils have 10-year plans, but they also get re­viewed ev­ery three years, and the three-year plans are re­viewed ev­ery year,’’ Mylchreest said.

‘‘There’s fine tun­ing that goes along the whole time, so just the fact that some­thing’s not in the 10-year plan now doesn’t mean it can’t be in­tro­duced at ei­ther one of those re­view pro­cesses.’’

Coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing and mak­ing on­go­ing changes to it as more in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic com­ment comes to like, to keep the plan head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, he said.

The web­site fu­ture­waipa.co.nz will be avail­able around the time the plan is re­leased in mid-March, con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion on the 10-Year Plan for any­one who wishes to sub­mit feed­back to Waipa District Coun­cil.

Staff and elected mem­bers would also be talk­ing to peo­ple at mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity mar­kets and events. Res­i­dents and ratepay­ers who want a printed ver­sion of the plan can call 0800 924 723 for a copy.

CHRIS­TEL YARD­LEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Waipa Mayor Jim Mylchreest says the 10-Year Plan is con­stantly be­ing fine tuned, so res­i­dents and ratepay­ers should make their voices heard.

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