Over the past six weeks I have attended many of the consultation meetings with our community to talk about the Long Term Plan.
Written submissions closed on 5 April and there may have been some late submissions on the way. Thank you to all members of our community who came to those meetings and shared their views about our proposed plan to provide services in a way that is financially sustainable and delivers what our community wants and needs. Thank you also to the many councillors and staff who attended these meetings, particularly Deputy Mayor Tim King who presented when I wasn’t available.
I am also aware that there are many property owners who still have major challenges to repair damaged property. All credit to the New Zealand Transport Agency for the repair work that has been accomplished on the Takaka Hill. While the Council has made significant inroads into the repair work needed on Council roads, there is still a long way to go repairing culverts and streams. Greater accessibility to Golden Bay over the Takaka Hill will have alleviated some of the financial loss suffered due to road closures but undoubtedly there has been a significant impact on many businesses in Golden Bay, as well as some of the orchards and rural properties at the bottom of the Separation Point granite hills in Marahau, Riwaka, Brooklyn and the Motueka West Bank.
We haven’t forgotten you. Let’s all be aware of those who have taken a real hammering and stand beside them as they rebuild businesses and lives. Thank you to those who have lent a hand to those in need and let’s remain aware of the needs of others in our community as we rebuild.
Mayor Richard Kempthorne
A round-up of recent Council meetings and the decisions made.