Residents Get On Board With LTP Consultation

LTP Train Councillors

Last night the Hurunui District Council held its special get together on board the Weka Pass Diesel Train as part of its Long Term Plan 2018-2028 (LTP) consultation.

Over 100 residents were in attendance to take up the opportunity to spend time with their elected representatives while travelling along the Weka Pass Railway.  The council wanted to take a novel approach to the consultation process this year and, reflecting the LTP’s theme ‘Keeping On Track’, decided to do something different from the usual hall meetings.

Council CEO, Hamish Dobbie, says it was clear to see that those who came along really enjoyed the chance to have a chat to their local councillors about the council’s plans and work programme over the next 10 years. 

“It was good to see such a good turnout to what was an engaging and unique event.  It’s not every day you get to have an informal meeting with your elected representatives on board one of the district’s iconic tourism attractions.”

The council is pleased with the results of the event, with a range of feedback coming forward that councillors will have in mind as they firm up proposals for the LTP over the coming weeks.

Deputy Mayor Marie Black says she was thrilled with the turn out, and the opportunity for councillors and staff to engage with the community in a relaxed and friendly environment was extremely valuable.   

“The ability to hear first-hand the community’s impression of the LTP is a great first step and an encouraging sign for the consultation process.”

Theremaining public information sessions are as follows:

Submissions on the draft LTP close on Sunday 6 May 2018, with all submissions received by that date put before the council at a hearing during 15-16 May 2018.  The council will then decide what changes to the proposals need to be made before finalising the LTP.