Port con­sul­ta­tion ex­panded

CHB Mail - - Farm Focus -

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil has de­cided to ex­tend the pe­riod of com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion around op­tions for the fund­ing of Napier Port by an ex­tra week.

Sub­mis­sions will now be re­ceived up un­til 4pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22.

The dates for hear­ings re­main un­changed and the re­gional coun­cil re­mains com­mit­ted to mak­ing a de­ci­sion be­fore Christ­mas.

Re­gional coun­cil chair­man Rex Gra­ham says the coun­cil has de­cided to ex­tend the sub­mis­sion pe­riod due to the high level of in­ter­est and pub­lic en­gage­ment. So far, 344 sub­mis­sions have been re­ceived.

“Sub­mis­sions are flow­ing in which is a very good thing. We’ve been very open and trans­par­ent through­out this process and we think it’s in the best in­ter­ests of Hawke’s Bay to ex­tend the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod and make sure ev­ery­one who wants to have a say can do so,” says Mr Gra­ham.

He says the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment has been dis­trib­uted across Hawke’s Bay and has been avail­able on­line since Oc­to­ber 3. It is also avail­able from lo­cal li­braries and re­gional coun­cil of­fices. The dis­tri­bu­tion has been backed up by news­pa­per and ra­dio ad­ver­tis­ing, a so­cial me­dia cam­paign, a pres­ence at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Show and drop-in ses­sions through­out the re­gion.

“No method of dis­tri­bu­tion is per­fect and for those peo­ple who have not, for what­ever rea­son, re­ceived a con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment, this ex­ten­sion pro­vides fur­ther time to di­gest the in­for­ma­tion and have their say.”

Peo­ple want­ing the doc­u­ment can get it from www.hbrc.govt.nz by email­ing their ad­dress to our­plan@ hbrc.govt.nz or call­ing 06 835 9200.

Mr Gra­ham says freep­ost sub­mis­sion forms are now be­ing dis­trib­uted across Hawke’s Bay. Sub­mis­sions can con­tinue to be made on­line at www.hbrc. govt.nz.

Napier Port con­sul­ta­tion is well un­der way.

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