Mayor Encourages People to Submit

Press Release - 5 April 2017

South Wairarapa District Council Mayor, Viv Napier is encouraging people to take the opportunity to have their say about the Local Government Commission’s (LGC) draft proposal for a Wairarapa District Council.

"The draft proposal, should it be adopted, is a massive change for our region , a change that many of us will not experience again in our lifetimes, it’s a unique situation and we all have the right and opportunity right now to vote whether we want it to happen or not."

"I’ve read LGC’s draft proposal many times and it has some good information in there. It clearly explains the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed Wairarapa District Council, the changes in numbers of Mayors, Councillors and Community Boards. It talks about how rates, debt and assets will be affected, how the transition period would work and how the relationship between the Wairarapa District Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council would work."

"The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 3 May and hearings begin on 23 May. Between July and November this year the Commission will make a decision whether or not to release a final proposal. The timing of this will depend on the number and complexity of submissions. If there is a final proposal electors may petition to require that a poll is held. The request for a poll must be signed by 10% or more of the electors of one of the affected territorial authorities (South Wairarapa, Carterton or Masterton) within 60 working days of the public notice of the final proposal."

"I understand that not everyone is comfortable about making a submission, it can be a little bit daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. You can get information from the LGC website, look at Council websites and if you’re not sure about something in the draft proposal then get on the phone and ask one of your Councillors to explain it, or pop into the Council office and have a chat."

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