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