Coun­cil adopt­ing re­view pro­posal for rep­re­sen­ta­tion

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

The Palmer­ston North City Coun­cil has adopted the ini­tial pro­posal for its rep­re­sen­ta­tion re­view.

The pro­posal is that all coun­cil­lors are to be elected on a city-wide ba­sis with no wards to be es­tab­lished. The coun­cil will com­prise the mayor and 15 coun­cil­lors and no com­mu­ni­ties or com­mu­nity boards will be es­tab­lished in the city.

The coun­cil gave rea­sons for con­firm­ing its ini­tial pro­posal and the re­jec­tion of some sub­mis­sions.

The city com­prises a sin­gle com­mu­nity of in­ter­est which cov­ers the whole city, it is geo­graph­i­cally com­pact, with only one ma­jor busi­ness district and small sub­ur­ban shop­ping ar­eas, and many peo­ple re­side in one part of the city, but work in an­other.

The coun­cil says that while the city also com­prises many sec­ondary com­mu­ni­ties of in­ter­est based on in­di­vid­ual sub­urbs and villages, it would not be prac­ti­ca­ble for each com­mu­nity to be rep­re­sented by an in­di­vid­ual coun­cil­lor.

The pro­posed num­ber of coun­cil­lors will en­able the work­load to be shared and will pro­mote di­ver­sity, coun­cil says.

The city does not in­clude any com­mu­ni­ties that are suf­fi­ciently dis­tinct or iso­lated as to re­quire rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the na­ture of com­mu­nity boards.

Of the 21 sub­mis­sions re­ceived on the coun­cil’s in­terim pro­posal, 11 sub­mit­ters pre­ferred coun­cil­lors to be elected on a city-wide ba­sis. In com­par­i­son, 10 sub­mit­ters sup­ported coun­cil­lors be­ing elected on a ward ba­sis.

In re­la­tion to the pro­posal for the num­ber of coun­cil­lors, 18 sub­mit­ters sup­ported the ex­ist­ing num­ber and three sub­mit­ters pre­ferred a fewer num­ber of coun­cil­lors.

Eleven sub­mit­ters sup­ported the non­estab­lish­ment of com­mu­nity boards, while nine sub­mis­sions sup­ported their es­tab­lish­ment.

While the pro­posal is fi­nal, any­one who made a sub­mis­sion on the ini­tial pro­posal may lodge an ap­peal. This ap­peal must re­late to mat­ters they raised in their sub­mis­sion and be re­ceived by coun­cil no later than Thurs­day De­cem­ber 13. All sub­mit­ters have been con­tacted and ad­vised of their right of ap­peal.

The out­come of any ap­peals will be de­cided by the Lo­cal Govern­ment Com­mis­sion.

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