Council Matters with Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams
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Posted August 21, 2020
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It was a tight schedule for Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams on Friday morning when he joined Brian Gentil on the Gold FM Breakfast Show.
Toby was busy signing in for the Local Government New Zealand AGM, which was about to be streamed through the country for those taking part. Toby explained what this was all about, giving smaller regions a bit more bite by combining together to have more say with central government.
Brian and Mayor Toby talked about the relief fund for farmers, who’ve been struck by one of the worst droughts we’ve experienced for several decades, but unfortunately it’s been played down with the current situation with Covid-19. Some farmers are really struggling with feed, and the fund was designed to assist with the cartage costs of getting this to some well deserved animals. There was $265,000 in the fund, and this was distributed to those they thought needed it the most.
Brian asked a number of questions about the ten year Long Term Plan 2021, as councillors are doing a lot of behind the scenes work getting to grips with some serious figures that each department needs to do their job … better known as the budget! The Mayor explained the process, and that he was pleased to see a lot of questions and discussion going on. From roading and footpaths to water, wastewater and water treatment plants, it all comes at a cost and needs to be paid for.
Mayor Toby and Brian also touched on several policies and bylaws that are being amended that the council has been asking for comment on. These included the draft Responsible Freedom Camping 2020 bylaw, looking at some proposed new sites across the Hauraki district, and the community led plan for the Wharekawa Coast. While the written feedback period has ended, there is still an opportunity to book a time to have your say at a council meeting.
To listen to the full Council Matters interview with Hauraki Mayor Toby Adams just click on our podcast link…