Have your say on coun­cil’s plans for the area’s fu­ture

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Farming - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Tararua Dis­trict coun­cil­lors will vote to adopt the next Long Term Plan on June 27.

The plan sets out the coun­cil’s spend­ing over the next 10 years.

Hav­ing costed and adopted the draft plan for the com­mu­nity to have its say, TDC has launched a road­show and ex­ten­sive ad­ver­tis­ing in the Bush Telegraph to en­cour­age sub­mis­sions.

The coun­cil wants feed­back on all of the seven key items in the plan — sup­port as im­por­tant as ob­jec­tions.

“We want pos­i­tive feed­back by the pub­lic to th­ese pro­pos­als like up­grad­ing Route 52 and pen­sioner hous­ing to feel we can go ahead,” Deputy Mayor Al­lan Ben­bow said on Wed­nes­day at Dan­nevirke.

He was at­tend­ing a bar­be­cue and dis­cus­sion ses­sion in Copenhagen Square. In­stead of a bus tour of coun­cil­lors through­out the dis­trict over one day to gather feed­back on the Plan as the coun­cil has done in the past, a more leisurely op­tion to visit each town on a dif­fer­ent day for a lunchtime bar­be­cue and feed­back ses­sion has been in­sti­tuted over the last two weeks and TDC Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Man­ager Mark Maxwell thinks it has worked.

He said peo­ple have braved the in­clement weather to come out and give their opin­ions in a leisurely man­ner in ev­ery town they have vis­ited.

So far Mark says the dis­cus­sions have tended to fo­cus on lo­cal is­sues like stormwa­ter flood­ing in Woodville and the loss of the cash fa­cil­ity in Eke­tahuna. He thinks th­ese are very valu­able, but peo­ple have also ex­pressed their views on the seven ma­jor top­ics, in­clud­ing seal­ing of un­sealed roads.

If you want to have a say on in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity, Eke­tahuna’s waste­water, the up­grade of Route 52, road seal­ing, pen­sioner hous­ing, stormwa­ter en­gi­neer­ing and/or util­ity net­works:

■ Brochures are avail­able from the Coun­cil Ser­vice Cen­tre or Dan­nevirke li­brary,

■ You can down­load the in­for­ma­tion from www.tararuac.govt.nz/tp or

■ Phone 06 374 4080 or 06 376 0110 and re­quest the in­for­ma­tion.

Act quickly as sub­mis­sions close at noon on May 11 and sub­mis­sions will be heard on May 22.

Shel­ter­ing from the rain un­der their gazebo coun­cil­lors and staff dis­cuss is­sues with the pub­lic. From left: Mayor Tracey Col­lis, Cameron McKay, Al­lan Ben­bow, Terry Hynes, Pe­ter Johns (ob­scured), Richard Veitch and Chris Chapman.

Kingston Nicholson lines up for a sausage served by coun­cil em­ployee Emily Bor­rie with Ian Robert­son, Terry Hynes, Coun­cil­lor Ca­role Isaac­son, Mayor Tracey Col­lis and Cameron McKay.

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