Call for Bay river voices
Posted at 7:48am Thursday 14 Sep, 2017
The regional council is calling for ratepayer liaisons for regional river schemes. Photo: Supplied.
The Regional Council is seeking members of the public interested in becoming part of the newly established Rivers Scheme Advisory Groups.
The Advisory Groups that were previously known as Rivers Scheme Liaison Groups, represent ratepayers and their views on river matters like capital and maintenance works projects.
They also act as the local contact for river and drainage issues.
Four Advisory Groups to be set up are for:
• The Kaituna Catchment Control Scheme
• The Rangitaiki Tarawera Rivers Scheme (including Rangitaiki Drainage Scheme)
• The Whakatane Tauranga (formerly Waimana) Rivers Scheme, and
• The Waioeka Otara Rivers Scheme.
The regional council is looking for applicants to assist in enabling effective communication and liaison between Scheme ratepayers and the Council, says asset management officer Kirsty Brown.
“This new Advisory Group process sets us up with a Terms of Reference and a good outline of the work required for the coming three years,” says Kirsty.
“I look forward to seeing some quality applications come through.
“This is an important role and nominees need to demonstrate they meet some or all of the appointment criteria set out under the Terms of Reference so please look into those carefully before sending through an application.
“I'd like to acknowledge the work of the members of the previous Liaison Groups. These members have done a great job of speaking for their communities over the years. I am sure a number of these members will be happy to apply to join the new Groups going forward.”
Interested Scheme ratepayers can access the Expression of Interest, Terms of Reference and criteria information on the regional council website.
Submissions close September 15 2017.
In the four schemes the regional council works with the communities to develop plans, practices, and various protection methods. You can read more about River Schemes, including maps and details on the website.
Ratepayers in a particular River Scheme catchment pay a targeted rate that covers 80 per cent of the cost of managing that Scheme, the remaining 20 per cent is covered by the general rate)