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The Temaro District Council pursues public opinion on the Three Water Reform proposals.

The mayor of Temaro District is Nigel Bowen. "Incredibly skeptical" About the three proposed water reforms (file photo)

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Temaro District Mayor Nigel Bowen is “incredibly skeptical” of the proposed three water reforms. (File photo)

Lockdown restrictions have hampered the Temaro District Council’s efforts to hold a public meeting on the government’s controversial three water changes.

The council planned to hold public information meetings in September to gather public opinion on reforms that would remove drinking water, wastewater and storm water from the council’s direct control, but when the country returns They have been postponed until they reach the “appropriate level”. According to a council spokesman

With the council’s feedback meetings on the proposal set for the end of September and the council’s feedback deadline, TDC is contacting its residents online for feedback. website.

Temaro District Mayor Nigel Bowen said he and all elected members were not yet convinced that the proposed structure would produce better results for the district, but it was important to hear from the community.

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“We’re talking about managing the assets that the community has built over a hundred years, and it’s important that we hear from the community as part of our decision-making.

“This is the biggest change since the merger with the local government, and it is important that these important decisions are not rushed without proper public input.”

“Parts of the proposal, like the strong regulation, we strongly agree with. However, there are areas such as the model of representation that we believe threaten to leave Temaro infrastructure backwater without a direct local voice on Mizro. May be.

Under the government’s proposed model, Temaro will compete with more than 20 other councils for one of the six seats in the 12-member regional representation group. The group will then nominate a separate group to select the board of directors for the new water company.

Big city councils like Christchurch and Dunedin, which represent large numbers of people, would like to say one thing with understanding, and I’m concerned that smaller councils like ours could go on for years, with someone representing them. no.

As a council, we can make the needs of the community more comprehensive and interested in the community and make long-term investments to help drive development in our district.

“I am concerned that a major water company with huge capital and operational savings claims, while providing water to a agreed standard, and with very little local oversight, would not be interested in this type of investment. ۔

“The whole of the South Island is competing for investment. It’s likely that those who raise their voices will get the most funding.”

The timeline and process for deciding whether or not to join council reform has not been confirmed.

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