Meet­ing gives the coun­cil thoughts on 10-year plan

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil held a public meet­ing last Thurs­day re­gard­ing the pro­posed Long Term Plan.

About 30 peo­ple were present and a range of ques­tions and is­sues were raised. Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall said these in­cluded: ‘‘ Some ar­eas not re­ceiv­ing a copy of the sum­mary doc­u­ment (which should have been cir­cu­lated with the South Waikato News).

‘‘A lot of dis­cus­sion about how the coun­cil en­gages with the com­mu­nity.

‘‘ It was sug­gested that a com­mu­nity board could be cre­ated for Toko­roa (from one per­son).

‘‘There were sev­eral mem­bers of the Pu­taruru Rugby League Club present.

‘‘They were con­cerned about the state of the toi­lets and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Glen­shea Park.

‘‘The only fi­nan­cial is­sue raised con­cerned the ap­par­ent re­duc­tion in fund­ing for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment over the 10 years.

‘‘All in all, I thought that it was a very pos­i­tive meet­ing,’’ said Mr Hall.

‘‘So far in this con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, sub­mis­sions and queries have kept us busier than nor­mal so early in the process,’’ coun­cil strate­gic pol­icy man­ager Cindy Kent said.

‘‘The coun­cil has printed 71 copies of the full plan. We ran out of copies at the public meet­ing with staff and coun­cil­lors giv­ing their own copies away on the night.’’

The coun­cil is now open for public con­sul­ta­tion on its long-term plan. Be­ing a 10-year plan it has a strate­gic fo­cus, look­ing at in­creas­ing the num­ber of jobs in the dis­trict and pro­mot­ing the dis­trict in the South Waikato and out­side.

The coun­cil needs res­i­dents to let it know what they think about the draft plan; what they like about the plan and what they don’t like.

In de­vel­op­ing the plan, the coun­cil has con­ducted com­mu­nity sur­veys and held work­shops to fine-tune sur­vey re­sults but con­tin­ued com­mu­nity feed­back is a cru­cial part of this process.

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