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Western Bay of Plenty Representation Review Submissions Close this Friday

Posted 22 August 2018 by Gold FM in Council Matters and Podcasts

Brian Gentil spoke to Waihi Beach Community Board Chair Allan Sole about the representation review happening at the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Western Bay has suggested an option that is not going down well with some locals and in particular at Waihi Beach and Maketu, at the other end of the district.

Allan explained what he knows about the proposal and said one of the issues is the lack of information regarding the proposed changes.

The initial proposal includes:
A move from the current five, elected community boards to three ward-based community committees where members are appointed, not elected. 
An adjustment to the boundary of the Katikati-Waihi Beach/Kaimai wards.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council says the proposed changes are intended to create a fairer and more effective way to represent their District’s communities of interest, but some residents are not sure that this will be fairer or more effective.

The consultation period is open now and closes at 5pm this Friday, 24 August 2018.

Allan urges residents to get involved and have their say before the submission period ends this Friday. He explained some of the concerns raised.

Follow or paste the link into your browser to make an online submission https://haveyoursay.westernbay.govt.nz/…/su…/initialproposal

Or visit the Western Bay of Plenty District Council's website for more info here https://www.westernbay.govt.nz/…/Council-representation-%E2…

Click play to hear the full interview with Waihi Beach Community Board Chair Allan Sole.