Coun­cil­lors will ad­vo­cate for wards

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The Mata­mata- Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil has de­cided to progress with its pro­posal and dis­es­tab­lish community boards from the 2013 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The coun­cil, which held a hear­ing on Wed­nes­day last week, con­sulted with the community on this pro­posal and re­ceived 37 sub­mis­sions.

Copies of the sub­mis­sions are on­line at www.mpdc.govt.nz.

The coun­cil con­sid­ered them all and re­solved to continue with its ini­tial pro­posal.

This means that af­ter the 2013 elec­tions (to be held in Oc­to­ber), Mata­mata- Pi­ako res­i­dents will continue to be rep­re­sented by their coun­cil­lors, but there will no longer be community boards.

Coun­cil­lors will continue to be elected based on wards, with four coun­cil­lors from Mata­mata and Mor­rinsville, three coun­cil­lors from Te Aroha, and one mayor elected across the dis­trict.

Func­tions cur­rently ad­min­is­tered by the community boards (such as fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions) will continue, but will be ad­min­is­tered by the in­di­vid­ual ward coun­cil­lors.

“Community boards have achieved some great projects in our com­mu­ni­ties in the past,” said Mayor Hugh Ver­coe. “How­ever, coun­cil­lors feel that there is a du­pli­ca­tion of elected mem­bers in each ward area, and the elected coun­cil­lors are read­ily ac­ces­si­ble to the community and ac­tively ad­vo­cate for their re­spec­tive wards in the Coun­cil Cham­bers.”

Mr Ver­coe said they be­lieve that dis­es­tab­lish­ing community boards will elim­i­nate the cur­rent du­pli­ca­tion of roles and achieve cost sav­ings, while still en­sur­ing that our com­mu­ni­ties are rep­re­sented fairly and ef­fec­tively.

Any­one who made a sub­mis­sion on the coun­cil’s orig­i­nal pro­posal can lodge an ap­peal against the fi­nal pro­posal, how­ever, the ap­peal must re­late to mat­ters raised in that per­son’s orig­i­nal sub­mis­sion.

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