Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Door-to-Door Research for Ohura Water Tank Referendum

Door-to-Door Research for Ohura Water Tank Referendum

Council staff has been busy going door-to-door in Ohura gathering information for the up-coming referendum on the future of the Ohura water scheme scheduled for the end of November.

It has been recognised for some time that the current Ohura drinking water scheme is unsustainable in its current form and the referendum is part of making a final decision on its future and whether the community supports the proposal to install roof fed water tanks in its place.

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) Group Manager Customer Services, Pauline Welch, said that council staff has been around visiting every property connected to the current water scheme as part of estimating the cost of installing water tanks.

“Council is developing an estimated cost of installing a water tank on every property.”

“The costs can vary quite markedly depending on such things as location, quality of the roof and guttering, etc,” she said.

“This research and analysis is critically important to enabling Ohura residents to make an informed decision prior to voting in the referendum.”

“Once this process is complete Council will organise a community meeting to discuss the findings.”

Ms Welch noted that Council was concerned that all residents eligible to vote in the referendum are able to do so.

“The rules around the referendum are governed by the Local Government Act (LGA) which states that to be able to vote you need to be over the age of 18 and on the electoral roll.”

“All residents who meet these criteria get to vote as do non-resident ratepayers.”

“Everybody only gets one vote no matter how many properties they may own,” she said.

“Council will be writing to all residents and non-resident ratepayers clarifying who can take part in the referendum.”

“We are also advising people to hold-off doing anything, such as buying a water tank now, until after the referendum is held.

“To be binding 75% of everyone who casts a vote in the referendum must support the resolution either for, or against, closing the water treatment plant and installing water tanks.”

Ms Welch added that Council has organised a working group made up of three Ohura residents (John Howard, Bruce Stevenson, Janet Hughes), Mayor Don Cameron, Ward Councillor Marion Gillard and myself to discuss and resolve issues as they arise.

If any Ohura residents of other affected parties have any queries about the process they are welcome to contact me here directly at Council on 07 895 8188.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news