A great place to live

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - WAIKATO DISTRICT MAYOR AL­LAN SAN­SON

This is the first of a reg­u­lar se­ries of monthly col­umns, From the Mayor’s Chair, at Waikato District Coun­cil.

I’d like to fo­cus on a few of the great places we have in our district.

I think we’d all agree that the Waikato is a fab­u­lous place to live. I’m really proud of what we have to of­fer, es­pe­cially at this time year.

So this sum­mer why not get out and ex­plore a part of the district you haven’t been to?

We have fan­tas­tic cy­cle and walk­ing tracks avail­able.

Ear­lier this month I was able to open the Perry Bridge in Horotiu. The cy­cle bridge is the fi­nal piece in the puz­zle for those cy­cling from Hamil­ton to Ngaru­awahia.

The district is also home to the world-fa­mous-in-Ngaru­awahia Hakari­mata sum­mit. Dash (or in my case trudge) up the 1349 stairs to gaze out over the Waikato basin. Well, on a fine day any­way.

In terms of what’s go­ing on at the coun­cil, prepa­ra­tions for the next Long Term Plan are well un­der­way. Coun­cil­lors have had a num­ber of work­shops as­sess­ing lots of op­tions for how we can de­liver value for money through­out all the ser­vices we pro­vide to the com­mu­nity.

Our Long Term Plan is our com­mit­ments for the next 10 years. We’ll be com­ing to you with this di­rec­tion in March and April. I urge you to get in­volved in this process so we hear what’s im­por­tant to you and learn what you think about our pro­pos­als.

Creat­ing con­nected com­mu­ni­ties and de­liv­er­ing key projects is what coun­cil is all about. As a coun­cil we want to en­gage with you to make all of our lives bet­ter. As a grow­ing district, get­ting the plan­ning right is crit­i­cal. When you have the chance to get in­volved in any con­sul­ta­tion with us, please take it.

We want to make your deal­ings with us as coun­cil as easy as pos­si­ble.

I really hope you all get a good break this sum­mer.

Al­lan San­son

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