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Public Meetings On Water Integration

Hutt City and Wellington City Councils and Wellington Regional Council are holding joint public meetings around the region after Easter so residents can learn more about a proposal to integrate water services.

The three councils are currently consulting on a proposal to set up a publicly owned and controlled trust to manage water, wastewater and stormwater services on their behalf. A report to the councils estimated the move would produce ongoing savings of at least $2.8 million a year, by eliminating duplication between the councils and improving service delivery and planning.

There are three public meetings scheduled:

Hutt City - Wednesday 18 April at 7pm - Supper Room, Horticultural Hall, 30 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt

Porirua - Tuesday 17 April at 7pm - Pataka, Porirua Museum of Arts and Cultures, Norrie St, Porirua

Wellington - Thursday 19 April at 6.30pm - Committee Room 1, Ground Floor, Wellington City Council

Residents are invited to attend the meetings and then have their say on the future of water services. Written submissions can to be made to any of the three councils before 5pm, 30 April 2001. Those who have made a written submission and wish to speak to it will be able to do so at hearings in early May.

The results of the consultation will be reported back to each of the councils and only at that stage will each decide whether to go ahead. The proposal will only proceed if all three councils agree.

ENDS

For further information please contact:
Andrew McKenzie
Wellington City Council (04) 499 4444

Stuart Duncan
Hutt City Council (04) 570 6666

John Allard
Wellington Regional Council 0800 496 734

Website: http://www.huttcity.govt.nz


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