Mayor welcomes well-being initiative
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed the introduction of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill, restoring the four aspects of community well-being and the power to collect development contributions for public amenities.
“I am delighted that moves are underway to reinstate the well-beings, recognising the vital work we do at a city level to deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural outcomes for communities,” the Mayor says.
“Equally, the restoration of territorial authorities' power to collect development contributions for any public amenities needed as a consequence of development is of huge importance.
“In Christchurch, we experienced a rapid population growth in areas less affected by the earthquakes, but without the community facilities that other parts of the city enjoyed.
“The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act was very clear about the significance of the four well-beings. They are absolutely critical to recovery, putting people and their communities at their heart.
“The well-being of the community is integral to everything we do as a city – from the provision of basic services such as drinking water to community facilities such as libraries and parks.
“It was unfortunate that these key features of the legislation were removed in the first place and we welcome their reinstatement."