Ap­peal pe­riod opens for pro­posal

Waihi Leader - - News -

Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil’s Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Re­view pro­posal that was for­mally adopted last month is open for pub­lic ap­peals and ob­jec­tions un­til Mon­day Novem­ber 5.

Coun­cil is propos­ing a mix of com­mu­nity boards and ward coun­cil­lor com­mit­tees for the 2019 and 2022 tri­en­nial elec­tions.

Ap­peals and ob­jec­tions can be sub­mit­ted on­line on coun­cil’s web­site at havey­our­say.west­ern­bay.govt.nz/fi­nal­pro­posal. The fi­nal pro­posal fol­lowed com­pre­hen­sive con­sul­ta­tion and en­gage­ment to gain bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the Western Bay com­mu­nity’s views on fair and ef­fec­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion, and com­mu­ni­ties of in­ter­est.

If a per­son who made a sub­mis­sion on the ini­tial pro­posal is not sat­is­fied with Coun­cil’s amended pro­posal they can ap­peal it. How­ever, if a per­son did not make a sub­mis­sion to the ini­tial pro­posal but does not agree with the out­come, they can make an ob­jec­tion to it.

If Coun­cil re­ceives an ap­peal or ob­jec­tion it must re­fer the whole rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mis­sion no later than Jan­uary 15, 2019.

The Com­mis­sion has a quasi­ju­di­cial role to de­ter­mine the best rep­re­sen­ta­tion ar­range­ments for the Western Bay or any other lo­cal author­ity whose pro­posal goes to re­view.

The Com­mis­sion takes into ac­count Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, sub­mis­sions, ap­peals and ob­jec­tions. It must is­sue its de­ci­sion no later than April 10, 2019.

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