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Investment in the #bigwaterstory

Thursday 3 May 2018

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council have agreed that investing in the district’s future is a key priority having made a decision to invest in water, wastewater and stormwater - more widely known as the #bigwaterstory plan.

Following on from successful engagement through Project Thrive, and #thebigwaterstory Council proposed a bold three-water investment in its proposed Long Term Plan 2018-2028.

This plan supported Council’s objectives to ensure the provision of durable infrastructure combined with a vision for growth and prosperity with a strong desire to be more environmentally responsible.

Following consultation with the community through a series of community meetings, and the formal hearing of submissions, during deliberations of the Long Term Plan 2018-2028, Council have resolved to invest in water, wastewater and stormwater as was proposed during community consultation on the Long Term Plan.

“When I stood for Council, I said let’s get the job done as delaying things will cost more. Let’s look to the future and make the hard decisions so this community can thrive,” said Councillor Tim Chote in debating the matter.

Councillor Kelly Annand also speaking to the theme of looking to the future said, “When I am considering decisions, I often think about what this means for our children and our grandchildren – I want a decision that they will look back and thank us for - #thebigwaterstory gives us that opportunity”. 

Council however today voted unanimously to drop the proposed district wide targeted rate for 5% and to continue funding Drinking Water and Wastewater from 100% targeted rates for those connected to the networks.

During the debate, a number of the Councillors were encouraged that the community engaged in the Long Term Plan process and wanted to ensure that the rural ratepayers knew they were heard.  

Council unanimously resolved to retain the current funding for drinking water and wastewater with targeted rates for those connected to the water and wastewater network, but to initiate a full Rating Review once all information is known on the future funding requirements for Drinking Water in light of the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry, and the Investigation of Wastewater solutions in Central Hawke’s Bay.

“Today we have seeing the power of community voice – I am proud to say the community have well and truly been heard. It is a credit to this table, to live up to what we all stood for – communication, transparency and bold strategic decisions.” Mayor, Alex Walker said to the Council table at the end of the meeting.

Based on the full deliberations, it is expected the total rate rise will be in line with that included in the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 Consultation Document, however rate increase for individual ratepayers will change based on the decisions above.

Council Officers will now amend the Long Term Plan 2018-2028 document based on the outcome of deliberations, and prepare a final Long Term Plan document 2018-2028 for Council to consider for adoption at a Council meeting on the 31st May 2018.

 

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Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

 

Media contact

Monique Davidson, Chief Executive |P 06 857 8060 M 027 601 1711

4 May 2018

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