Consultation Process

Consultation is a process that provides the community with the opportunity to give feedback to Council on important issues or topics, before we make decisions.

Of specific interest, I want to make you aware of two important consultations to look out for and encourage you to have your say.

Solid waste collection and disposal is a core service councils provide to their communities. We currently have our Draft Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw out for consultation.

The proposed bylaw will enable Council to achieve its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) goals, reduce the environmental harm of waste, and ensure that the health and safety of waste collectors, operators, and the public is protected.

This also includes key initiatives including a registration system for waste collectors and operators, the regulation of collection, transport and processing waste, and the management of litter and nuisance in public spaces, just to name a few.

If you have feedback on this proposed bylaw that you would like us to consider before making a decision, please let us know by 5pm 21 October, 2018.

The second consultation that will open next week, is the Draft Surface Water Strategy which details how Council will work with our community and other organisations to make our vision of sustainably managing our surface water resources a reality.

The strategy defines ‘surface water’ as lakes, rivers, springs, wetlands, rainfall and Council’s water race network, and provides information on the surface water systems Council manages and current work Council undertakes. It also identifies key issues around surface water management for consideration, and sets out how Council will work with the community and stakeholders.

Most importantly, the Draft Surface Water Strategy identifies activities Council will do over the next 10 years.

Your feedback on this proposed strategy is also encouraged and appreciated. Submissions will be accepted from 1 October until 5pm on 4 November.

Additionally, you can stop by for a chat at our informational Council tent at the A&P Show on the 26 and 27 of October at the Ashburton Showgrounds.

Consultations are an important part of our governing process. Your input is valuable in that it helps us understand the needs of the community and how people feel about particular issues. We review your feedback with great consideration when making decisions as we know it sets the course for our future.

Thank you for sharing your voice with us. Find full details about both consultations by visiting​

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