Buller District Council

Council consults on draft Long Term Plan for next 10-years

15th April, 2021

Buller District Council held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday (14 April) to review the draft 2021 – 2031 Long Term Plan.

The plan sets out the key issues facing the Buller District, presents options to address these, details budgets, and proposed rates increases.

The draft Long Term Plan presents three key issues which council is especially keen to receive community feedback on.

These are climate change, information technology and management, and management of the Westport Port and harbour.

Mayor Cleine said to build resilience and prepare for the future significant investment is required across the district.

“We require major investment in nearly every aspect of our infrastructure and services. It’s important our community considers the options t

hat are presented and have a say to help shape our district.”

Diversifying council’s income streams and increases to rates are proposed to meet the level of investment needed to meet legislative requirements and proposed levels of service.

Council considered the draft Long Term Plan, along with the audit opinion which has identified three matters for qualification.

The audit matters relate to assumptions council has made in the financial planning supporting the draft LTP with regards to BDC receiving future central government funding for the Karamea Special Purpose road and the Punakaiki water supply projects.  The audit qualification relates to the port development and Kawatiri dredge operations which are based around acknowledging finalising private business options for the future of the port.

Mayor Cleine said it’s not unreasonable for auditors to provide qualified opinion on draft Long Term Plans and considers the matters raised present low risk

to the community and rate payers.

“Council is clear in the Consultation Document that if central government funding is not received the projects will not go ahead. It really is that simple.

“The auditors are comfortable with the narrative presented in the Consultation Document, and the three key issues Council is consulting on. There’s no question about the information we are presenting to the community.”

Mayor Cleine believes there is something relevant for all community members in the plan.

“I think everyone will find something that matters to them and I hope they will get informed and provide feedback.

“Every voice really does matter to us. Councillors absolutely take account of what people have told us when we sit down to make our decisions.”

To provide feedback visit the council’s website, send an enquiry email, or phone council offices. Submissions can be made in writing or online. More info at www.bullerdc.govt.nz/long-term-plan.

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For more information contact
Mayor Jamie Cleine
Jamie.cleine@bdc.govt.nz

 

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