Ashburton District Council is reminding people who have not yet had their say on the Council's mandatory Representation Review to get their feedback in before Thursday 12 April.
The review, which happens every six years, is a chance for the community to provide some early feedback on how they would like to be represented on a local government level. People can provide this feedback through a short survey which is available on the Council website or in paper form at the Council reception.
"Thank you to everyone who has already had their say on this important matter. The community's views are a crucial factor in helping Council to determine how the district is represented, and this is your chance to say whether you agree or not with the initial ideas about community representation," Council Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante says.
The review includes looking at the number of wards and elected members Council has and the way members are elected – either whole of district, by ward or a combination of the two. The defining of ward boundaries and the existence and structure of the Methven Community Board are also being considered.
"There will be another opportunity for people to have their say on the review after the survey has closed. Council will consider the feedback from the survey before developing a formal proposal which sets out representation arrangements for the next six years. The community will then be able to make formal submissions on this," Ms Billante adds.
The resulting representation arrangements will be in place for the next local body elections in October 2019.
To complete the survey before it closes on Thursday 12 April, visit www.ashburtondc.govt.nz/haveyoursay or drop into the Council office at 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton.