Coun­cil must con­sult with all

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

I write to clar­ify a num­ber of points on Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s po­si­tion over its con­sul­ta­tion on the na­tional cy­cling cen­tre of ex­cel­lence (velo­drome) fund­ing pro­posal.

Our leg­isla­tive man­date on con­sul­ta­tion comes from the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 2002, which does not al­low us to dis­tin­guish be­tween ratepay­ers and non-ratepay­ers as we are re­quired to con­sult and to take con­sid­er­a­tion of the views of the com­mu­nity.

The coun­cil must take a broad def­i­ni­tion of af­fected and in­ter­ested par­ties and there­fore the coun­cil is con­duct­ing an open sub­mis­sion process, in line with prac­tice na­tion­ally.

Some say we should only lis­ten to ratepay­ers’ views. How­ever, sub­mis­sions from ten­ants are valid as their rent pay­ments ul­ti­mately help cover the prop­erty owner’s rates bills.

If the coun­cil agrees to the fund­ing re­quest, the money would be re­paid by ratepay­ers over 20 years, mean­ing the cost would be dis­trib­uted across gen­er­a­tions. No-one is happy to pay about $150,000 for con­sul­ta­tion and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the coun­cil but most un­der­stand there is a cost to democ­racy and in­formed de­ci­sion­mak­ing. Ad­ver­tis­ing and me­dia cov­er­age mean there is high aware­ness of the pro­posal and our

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