Thousands of Aucklanders have been having their say on the council’s 10-year Budget, and West Aucklanders should grasp the chance too, say Waitākere Ward Councillors and Local Board Chairs.
The consultation covers both regional and local issues, including a one-off rates rise of 5 per cent in the next financial year and investment in infrastructure projects and climate change initiatives.
One final push
Ward Councillors Shane Henderson and Linda Cooper are both urging one final push for feedback.
“Consultation closes on 22 March and there are so many ways to give us your views including in person or online that it couldn’t be easier,” says Henderson.
“Many of the topics in the budget will impact West Auckland, so it’s imperative you have your say on the budget.”
Councillor Cooper says that having your say will improve the quality of decision-making. “With topics such as rates and council spending priorities up for consultation, it’s never been so important that we hear your voice.” She says.
While there are many regional proposals included in the budget, local issues and priorities are also being canvassed in the Local Board Agreements, which set out the local board priorities.
Henderson-Massey Local Board Chair Chris Carter says that time is of the essence.
“While we often see a lot of responses coming through in the last week of consultation, it’s important to not forget to provide your views before it is too late. The board priorities will directly influence what we do in the local area, so ensuring as many people as possible provide feedback is vital.
Greg Presland, chair of Waitākere Ranges Local Board agrees.
“Our priorities include projects that benefit the environment, such as a new community-based ecological restoration coordinator, improving Glen Eden and improving our walking and cycling connections.
“But we need to ensure there is support for these priorities so we can continue to accurately reflect the will of the community. Feedback is the best way to do that, so please make sure you have your say.”
Have your say on the budget at akhaveyoursay.co.nz/recoverybudget