A strong focus on infrastructure, living in Waitaki and tourism are the main areas to be discussed with the public during the 2017/18 Annual Plan public consultation period.

Starting today, the process moves away from the traditional method of people making submissions and holding formal hearings.  A more informal approach is being taken with the hope that more people will want to be involved and have their say on plans for the next 12 months.

Mayor Gary Kircher says a different type of approach has been designed to encourage more people to come forward and raise any issues and share ideas.

“By moving away from the traditional method of submissions and hearings which many people feel uncomfortable with, we are holding informal, round-the-table-type community forums,” says Mayor Kircher.

““Rather than have someone present a submission to a room full of elected members, as has been done in the past, the forums will have some of our councillors, along with me, sitting around a table with members of public as a group discussing issues and sharing ideas. This different approach is a trial, and we believe it will create an atmosphere where people will be more comfortable and willing to engage with us.”

There will be four forums – two in Oamaru, one in Otematata and one in Palmerston:

Oamaru (Tuesday 4 April) at Oamaru Opera House

Investing in infrastructure*           9am to 10.30am       repeated at       5pm to 6.30pm

Living and visiting in Waitaki*      11am to 12.30pm     repeated at       6.30pm to 8pm

Otematata (Saturday 8 April)

Community Hall                                         10am to 11.30am

Palmerston (Wednesday 12 April)

Community Centre, Ronaldsay Street         5.30pm to 7pm

Public feedback is now being sought (which closes on Tuesday 18 April).  All relevant information can be found at www.waitaki.govt.nz.

“While this is our planning for the next 12 months it will also help us as we prepare for the next Long Term Plan.”

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