NEWS FROM YOUR WAIKATO DISTRICT COUNCILLOR – 25 SEPTEMBER 2021

Council met via Zoom on 9th, 10th of September to consider submissions to the 2021 Representation Review Final Proposal.

 228 submissions were received on the initial proposal before the closing date.

 24 submitters indicated their support of the initial proposal

 164 submitters indicated they do not support the initial proposal

 27 submitters indicated they are neutral on the initial proposal

 13 submitters made no indication if they do or do not support the initial proposal

Of the 56 submitters who indicated they wished to speak to their submission, 37 submitters were heard –because of Councils move to an audio visual platform some submitters chose not to participate.

Sincere thanks to the Community Committees and individuals in Eureka Ward who put in excellent submissions – the verbal submissions from the Eureka, Matangi and Tauwhare Community Committees were very well received by Councillors. There was a common theme from many submitters that Wards should not split communities of interest.

On 14th September and 16th September Council again met to consider the submissions and make any amendments. Council is now required to formally adopt a Final Proposal which will be publicly notified for a period of no less than one month. This report recommends that the public notification period be from Friday, 1 October 2021 to Wednesday, 3 November 2021. Any appeals/objections be received on the Final Proposal will be forwarded to the LGC who will undertake an independent hearing to resolve any issues the community have raised.

The Final Proposal can be found on Councils website in the agenda for an Extraordinary meeting to be held on 28th September via Audio Visual Conference. To view this agenda go to

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Proposed District Plan – Waikato District Council has received Ministerial approval to extend the deadline for a decision on its Proposed Waikato District Plan (PDP) until 17 January 2022.

The Council sought approval from the Minister for the Environment to extend the 18 September decision deadline after receiving a recommendation from the independent PDP hearing panel at the Council’s meeting in June. To read the full press release go to https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/news/mediareleases/ article/2021/09/23/new-deadline-for-proposed-district-plan-decision-approved

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Safety of road users and farmers is front of mind in Waikato District Council’s proposed Livestock Movement Bylaw that went out for consultation on 20 September.

When livestock are moved on public roads as part of farming activity, it can pose a health and safety risk. This is especially the case if they are moved without adequate warnings or controls in place, are moved too often, or on roads which have high volumes of traffic. Council’s proposed Livestock Movement Bylaw sets out rules on moving livestock safely on roads.

The closing date of submissions is being reviewed due to the potential effect of Covid-19 on the submission process. If you want your submission heard by Council, a hearing will be held. The date of the hearing will be confirmed at a later date, again due to the potential impact of Covid-19 alert levels.

You can make a submission by – going to https://shape.waikatodistrict.govt.nz and filling out a submission form, emailing consult@waidc.govt.nz (with the heading Livestock Movement Bylaw – Submission) or posting a submission form to Waikato District Council, Private Bag 544, Ngaruawahia 3742 – Online and email submissions are encouraged.

To read the full media release on the bylaw go to https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/news/public-notices/ article/2021/09/19/proposed-livestock-movement-bylaw-open-for-submissions

Contact me any time

– Rob McGuire – Councillor Eureka Ward

Ph. 824 3696 / Mob 0274 970 966 / Emil: rob.mcguire@waidc.govt.nz

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