The Ashburton District community will be able to have their say on how they would like to be represented on a local government level from Friday 18 May, when consultation opens on the Council's mandatory Representation Review.
Ashburton District Councillors today approved a proposal for the district's representation arrangements that would be in place for the local body elections in October next year, and now residents need to say whether they agree with the initial proposal or not.
The proposed arrangements include continuing with the three ward structure with a slight amendment to the ward boundaries, and reducing the number of elected members from 12 to nine.
"All councils must undertake a review of its representation arrangements at least once every six years. This helps to ensure that the Council is continuing to effectively and efficiently meet their community's representation needs," Council's Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says.
An Open Day will be held at the Council Chambers (2 Baring Square East, Ashburton) on 1 June between 1.00pm and 4.00pm for people to drop in and learn about the proposed arrangements and what they would mean for the district.
The representation proposal follows an online survey conducted in February this year in which residents were asked what they thought about some early suggestions for the Council's representation arrangements.
"The results from the survey have helped to inform the initial proposal that the community will now be able to provide feedback on," Ms Billante continues.
Consultation on the Council's Representation Review opens on Friday 18 May and closes 5.00pm Monday 18 June. Read the consultation document and provide feedback here or drop into the Council Office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.