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10-Year Plan Good Response

A good number of residents and ratepayers are being acknowledged for engaging in the Queenstown Lakes District Council 10-Year Plan consultation process, QLDC communications manager Meaghan Miller said.

 “We are entering the final phase of consultation on the plan and it’s really great to see that people are taking the time to engage with the Council over a number of issues,” she said.

 Yesterday 50 people attended a presentation at Queenstown by deputy chief executive Stewart Burns on the proposed rate changes being consulted through the 10-Year Plan.

 Another 20 people attended the same presentation in Wanaka today with a further dozen members of the public taking the opportunity to have a “cuppa” with elected members and staff to talk through the issues.

 “The most important thing we can do is make the information available so that people are able to make an informed submission. The feedback was that people found the presentation really helpful for understanding what Council proposes in terms of changing the way it apportions rates,” she said.

 The presentation was also now available on the Council’s website www.qldc.govt.nz

“I really recommend people take a look and while there, check out the 10-Year Plan summary and make an online submission. It could not be easier to have your say,” she said.

 The Queenstown “cuppa” would be held tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am until noon at the Council on Gorge Road.

 “These are really informal sessions and a great opportunity to come and clarify issues, ask question and, if people choose, they can make a submission online, on the spot,” Ms Miller said.

 The community had until Monday 7 May, 2012 to get submissions to the Council.

 “The elected members will receive every submission for their consideration and we will hold public hearings on the 16 and 17 May at Queenstown and Wanaka. From there some final decisions will be made and the 10-Year Plan is scheduled to be adopted on 26 June,” she said.

 ENDS

 For further information please contact Meaghan Miller 03 441 0499.

 Photo: Queenstown Lakes District Councillors Mel Gazzard and Jude Battson share a cuppa with Wanaka resident Rick Maclean at the Wanaka 10-Year-Plan “cuppa” today.