23 April 2021
Last week for feedback on Long-Term Plan proposals
He aha te kai ā te rangatira, he korero. He aha te kai ā te hapori, he mahi
Consultation on Rotorua Lakes Council’s Long-Term Plan (LTP) is open for one more week. All feedback on the LTP proposals must be with Council by 4pm on Friday 30 April 2021.
Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick encourages people living in the district to have their say in the final days of consultation.
“This is a critical time for Rotorua. We’ve seen a number of issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year and the proposed LTP is centered on confronting issues the community has told us are important, to ensure Rotorua is a safe, thriving, and prosperous place for everyone.
“Now is the time for you to consider what we are proposing and tell us if we have got it right.
“The LTP consultation period is an opportunity for people living in Rotorua to have their say on what they want Council to focus on over the next ten years. The feedback received will help elected members make decisions about the final LTP which will affect everyone in the district so it is very important to have your say.
“Elected members have attended a number of feedback sessions over the past few weeks where we have been able to have invaluable discussions with members of the community about their aspirations for Rotorua. If you are yet to attend one of these sessions I would strongly encourage you at come along to one in this final week of consultation. This will give you the opportunity to discuss the LTP proposals directly with elected members in small focus groups and have your feedback recorded and considered as part of the final LTP deliberations,” says Mayor Chadwick.
Seven face-to-face feedback sessions have been scheduled throughout the consultation period (30 March – 30 April), with the final two sessions taking place next week:
- 27 April: Te Tākinga Marae, Mourea, 6pm – 8pm
- 28 April: Tangatarua Marae, Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, 6pm – 8pm
The LTP engagement team and elected members have also attended a number of community events to discuss the LTP proposals with attendees and have hosted a youth session at Council with local primary school students.
Feedback can also be provided online HERE, or on a feedback form available from Council.
The LTP sets out what Council is proposing to achieve over the next ten years and how that will be funded. These proposals are explained in the LTP consultation document HERE.
The LTP consultation document has been developed based on Council’s key priorities and strategies which reflect the issues the community has previously told Council are important – homes and thriving communities, economic development, community safety, climate change, and infrastructure.
The consultation document includes key questions for the community to consider - particularly around levels of investment.
The community is being asked to consider the level of investment proposed for:
1. Te Whare Kauhoe - The Aquatic Centre (fix the issues or upgrade to provide a regional facility to be proud of)
2. Whakahaumaru Hapori - A Community Safety Plan (the development of the plan and the level it should be funded)
3. Ngā Utu me ngā Hāmene - Fees and charges (a proposal to increase fees and charges or increase rates to fund these services)
4. Ngā Reiti - Consideration of the rates affordability (a proposal to lower the uniform annual general charge)
The community is encouraged to read through the LTP consultation document, consider the mahi that is proposed and take the opportunity to share their thoughts with Council.
Mā whero, mā pango ka oti te mahi