Third call for Ti­tahi Bay board

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Ti­tahi Bay could face a tar­geted rate for a pro­posed community board, if a pe­ti­tion be­ing cir­cu­lated by Ti­tahi Bay Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair Graeme Eb­bett suc­ceeds in es­tab­lish­ing its long- de­sired board.

Mr Eb­bett last week cir­cu­lated a pe­ti­tion call­ing for a community board and is seek­ing 800 sig­na­tures – 10 per cent of the Ti­tahi Bay pop­u­la­tion.

A poll of Bay res­i­dents would then be trig­gered, which could force the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion (LGC) to es­tab­lish a community board at the 2013 lo­cal body elec­tions. The LGC has twice re­jected Mr Eb­bett’s call for a community board, in 2006 and again this year.

The poll alone would cost the city $50,000, and a community board would cost $ 200,000 a year to ser­vice, mayor Nick Leggett says.

‘‘We would prob­a­bly have to look at a di­rect rate for Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dents to pay for a community board,’’ he says.

‘‘ It would be very dif­fi­cult to ar­gue that Can­nons Creek resid- ents or Whitby res­i­dents should be pay­ing for a project fo­cused on Ti­tahi Bay.’’

Mr Eb­bett says the board could be funded by salaries freed up when the coun­cil loses three coun­cil­lors next year.

This would be un­fair, says Mr Leggett, as all wards fund those salaries. He be­lieves Mr Eb­bett’s mo­tives are per­sonal.

‘‘This is ac­tu­ally about get­ting Graeme Eb­bett elected to some­thing. He’s tried and failed four times to get elected to coun­cil.’’

Mr Eb­bett’s pe­ti­tion is en­ti­tled ‘‘De­ci­sions Be Made By The Bay – Not For The Bay’’ and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing email sug­gests is­sues like the mooted clo­sure of Ti­tahi Bay Li­brary, the Moana Court flats, and Porirua Lit­tle The­atre would have been bet­ter dealt with by a community board.

‘‘The Ti­tahi Bay community is a community that is on its own [and] has its own in­ter­ests, and the idea is that in los­ing a coun­cil­lor [next term] we’re go­ing to have less rep­re­sen­ta­tion – and the ob­ject of the community board is to ad­vo­cate for our community,’’ he says.

Golf­ing goal: Aotea Col­lege

teacher Sam For­ward and his cousin Dan Squire could

rue a lack of reg­u­lar golf lately as they tackle more than five-and-a-half rounds

at the tough Wairakei course in Oc­to­ber, to raise money for can­cer re­search

and sup­port.

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