Long-Term Plan consultation underway
Consultation sessions on the Wairoa District Council 2021-31 Long-term Plan begin today. (Monday May 10)
The first community session is today at Tuai and will be followed with a town session outside Osler’s Bakery on Wednesday, (May 12) from 10am-2pm.
Every three years Council develops a Long-Term Plan which describes its activities and the community outcomes it hopes to achieve over the next 10 years.
Councillors and staff will engage with the community over the month of May and want to hear how people would like the Wairoa district to look over the next decade.
The 2021-2031 Long-Term Plan consultation focusses on Levels of Service and what the community expects from Council.
The Long-Term Plan Consultation Document proposes an average rate increase of 10% for the first year of the plan (2021/22) followed by three years of average increases of around 8%. The average rates increase over the 10 years of the plan is 5.6%.
Wairoa Mayor Craig Little described the next four years as hard but said there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“The Long-Term Plan Consultation Document focusses on delivering a similar level of service to what is presently delivered as well as servicing debt and replenishing reserves. It is about looking after our community today, and in the future.
“Previously we have listened to the community and kept rates affordable and as low as possible because we had reserves to achieve that. We no longer have that luxury and have to re-set our trajectory to ensure we are in a position to look after future generations.
“This is the opportunity for people to tell Council where they think it should spend its money. We really do encourage you to have your say on what matters to you so you can be a part of planning for Wairoa’s future. You may have ideas that we haven’t thought of and we welcome your input.”
To view the consultation document online head to www.consultations.nz/wdc. Submissions can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. People can pick up a copy of the Consultation document and feedback booklet from the Council offices on Queen Street or write us a letter and send us your thoughts to P O Box 54, Wairoa.
Consultation will run during the month of May and will include the following community sessions:
Monday 17th May, 10am - 2pm, Nuhaka Shop, Nuhaka
Monday 17th May, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Community meeting, War Memorial Hall, Wairoa
Wednesday 19th May, 10am - 2pm, BJ’s Dairy, Frasertown
Thursday 20th May,10am - 2pm, Public Rest Area SH2, Raupunga
Friday 21st May,10am - 2pm, Sunset Point, Mahia
Submissions close on Tuesday, 1 June 2021 at 4.30pm.
“We invite your participation as we face the challenges and build our community’s future together.”
10 May 2021
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