Drainage mem­ber nom­i­na­tions open

Waikato News - - NEWS -

Nom­i­na­tions have opened for po­si­tions on the Waikato’s catch­ment and drainage sub­com­mit­tees.

The pub­lic has a chance to di­rectly in­form Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil de­ci­sions on is­sues like catch­ment man­age­ment, flood con­trol and biose­cu­rity. Coun­cil chair Alan Liv­ingston said the coun­cil was look­ing for en­thu­si­as­tic and well­con­nected com­mu­nity mem­bers with rel­e­vant in­ter­est and ex­pe­ri­ence.

“These ap­pointees are an es­sen­tial link be­tween the coun­cil and com­mu­nity and play an im­por­tant part in pro­vid­ing ad­vice that helps us tai­lor our work to meet lo­cal needs. “Rec­om­men­da­tions re­ceived from these com­mit­tees are re­ported to and con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors.”

The coun­cil spends $62 mil­lion an­nu­ally on work to im­prove the health of the re­gion’s catch­ments, pro­tect peo­ple from flood­ing and ero­sion and com­bat plant and an­i­mal pests. It is also re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing 2067km of drains in the Waikato. The re­gion is di­vided into eight man­age­ment zones, with a catch­ment com­mit­tee com­pris­ing coun­cil­lors, iwi rep­re­sen­ta­tives, key agen­cies and com­mu­nity ap­pointees.

Nom­i­na­tions close on Fri­day, 11 May. An eval­u­a­tion panel will make rec­om­men­da­tions to the coun­cil in June.

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