Community boards to be phased out in wards
The Local Government Commission announced last week they are supporting Matamata-Piako District Council’s decision to disestablish community boards in Matamata, Te Aroha and Morrinsville from after October’s local government elections.
In 2012 council consulted with the community on whether community boards should stay.
After all 37 submissions were considered, the decision was made to disestablish community boards.
Following an appeal, the Local Government Commission held a hearing to make the decision.
Matamata-Piako District Mayor Hugh Vercoe believes MatamataPiako residents will still be well represented by their ward councillors.
‘‘ Community Boards have achieved some great projects in our communities in the past, however, there was 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,’’ he said.
In the October local government elections, Matamata- Piako residents will only elect ward councillors (11 in total, Matamata - 4, Morrinsville - 4 and Te Aroha - 3) and a Mayor.
To view the report from the Local Government Commission visit www.mpdc.govt.nz