As consultation takes place over regional concerns and the Auckland Council 10-year Budget, local boards are looking at issues closer to home.
Great Barrier Local Board Chair Izzy Fordham says the community might be small, but it is likely to be vocal on many regional issues, particularly waste management charges, a regional fuel tax, and pest management.
“We live on an island so our fuel costs are already higher to reflect the freight costs, and pest control has been a divisive issue already.”
At a local level the board is prioritising supporting community initiatives including the Life-long Learning Strategy, Dark Sky Sanctuary and grants funding.
It wants to support environmental initiatives such as funding a biosecurity/biodiversity officer, water-quality monitoring, and the Ecology Vision stage 3.
Members are investigating sites for central and northern cemeteries, and providing subsidies for baby and child burials (0-12 years).
Also in line for subsidies is herbicide-free weed management in the road corridor, while the board is also interested in investing in infrastructure, including the Tryphena Coastal Trail stage 3, a research and education centre, and completing a 10-year infrastructure plan.
Its key advocacy project is implementing a solar micro-grid with electric vehicle chargers for council’s Claris buildings.
The board is hosting two Have Your Say sessions, both on 24 March, the first from 10am-12pm at Claris Conference Centre, 19 Whangaparapara Road; and the second from 2-4pm, at the Ōkiwi Community Room behind Ōkiwi School. Those who can not make it can still give feedback.
How to have your say
Online: Go to akhaveyoursay.nz before 28 March to read all the documents and give your feedback.
Twitter: Tweet @AklCouncil and include the hashtag #akhaveyoursay and your comments will be recorded as feedback.
Facebook: Posts on Auckland Council's Facebook page using the #akhaveyoursay hashtag will also be counted as feedback.
Post: If you want to provide feedback via mail, call us on 09 301 0101 and we’ll send you a free-post feedback form. It’s also in the print edition of OurAuckland magazine.
Consultation documents and feedback forms are available online and at libraries, local board offices and service centres across the region.