Electing 2 Regional Councillors
No issues on file for Bill Clark.
No issues on file for Robin Ford.
No issues on file for Colin Holmes.
- Competent Representation.
The range of issues placed before council are signficant and varied and often quite complex. To be able to make decisions one needs to be able to understand the material. This may not be easy.
Having the ability to get over this first hurdle then requires the commitment to learn and understand the issues in depth.
On top of this commitment there is then the requirement for significant time allocation to not only read the material but then to consider the appropriate course.
We are not in office to merely rubberstamp council officer recommendations.
- Retain Environment BOP Headquarters in Whakatane.
The Court of Appeal decision has set aside the decision of the Regional Council to move the Headquarters to Tauranga.
The basis for this was a failure to comply with the Local Government Act.
This is a significant blow to the credibility of the Regional Council.
The Deloitte report upon which the decision to move was ostensibly based did not in my view provide an evidential base for the recommendation to move or the subsequent vote.
This matter needs to be appropriately revisited without parochialism.
- Watch the Dollars.
The dividend from the Port of Tauranga and the wide rating base provides the Regional Council with a significant cash flow.
Irrespective of how flush the council is and the relatively low absolute amount of the general rate we need to stick to core business and in turn limit expenditure and rating demands.
- Rating Fairness.
Irrespective of the amount of rates demanded, we need to make sure that we are consistent in the basis on which they are levied.
We need to ensure there is no great imbalance in terms of the amount rate payers are asked to contribute and no unfair cross subsidy within the region. Having said this though, we need to think regionally. Such is the purpose and benefit of a regional council.
- Remove the Politics.
Too many governance decisions involve the political positions and aspirations of politicians.
We need to serve the public not ourselves.
Decisions need to be in the interest of the Regional Community.
Let us get rid of self interest.
- To continue with the protection of the Edgecumbe township and ongoing river scheme projects.
- To continue with the Ohiwa Harbour strategy seeing that we implement the proposals in this plan.Helping to facilitate the communities views and wants if possible.
- Working on the improvment of all our Waterways for a cleaner environment so that present and future generations will benefit.We have such a unique region which needs careful care and development.
- Continuing with the Ballance Enviroment farm awards which I see as the future for farming in a sustainable manner.Working with all landowners to enable those who wish to make a living from a sustaimable environment.
- Continuing with the many Enviroment programmes that allows landowners and communities to work together planting more trees and preserving the environment.Our Environment Enhancemant Programes and the Enviro Schools are brilliant programmes that involves are large number of our community.