23 April 2018
There's just a week left for people to put fingers to the keyboard or put pen to paper and have their say on the Central Otago District Council's draft 10-Year Plan.
Council is encouraging residents and ratepayers to "take 10 for 10".
"That's 10 minutes to give us feedback on what we've planned for the next 10 years for this district," said Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan. "As we're closing for feedback on a Monday if you've left it till now you can take that 10 minutes – or more – this weekend to have your say. We recognise honouring our past this ANZAC week may also provide a chance to think of the future we are creating for our communities."
"It's so important to engage and so easy to engage. You can go as deep as you want. You can look at the issue that spins your wheels or you can look at the whole thing, but please look at it and tell us what you think."
Mr Cadogan has been referring to the consultation document as Council's "conversation starter".
"It is not a matter of the draft document being what Council is going to do; it is a conversation starter saying 'here's what we believe needs done over the next 10 years, what do you (the community) think? What have we got right, what have we got wrong and what else do you want to see in there?'"
Elected members and Council staff had held drop-in sessions around the district over recent weeks and these had generated a great deal of interest, Mr Cadogan said.
The draft 10-Year Plan opened for feedback on 28 March and had attracted 165 submissions a week out from closing.
A copy of the 10-Year Plan Consultation Document and supporting information is available at www.codc.govt.nz/10for10 where submissions can also be made online. Hard copy information and feedback forms are available at all Council service centres.
The public will have until 5pm, Monday 30 April to make submissions, with the opportunity to be heard at a series of community board and Council meetings to consider feedback scheduled from 28 May to 7 June.