Council 'really pleased' with rate of feedback for long-term plan

People were given the opportunity to comment on the Timaru District Council's future spending commitments, what kind of ...
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People were given the opportunity to comment on the Timaru District Council's future spending commitments, what kind of facilities will be needed in the future and how they will be funded, and anything else they thought was important for the future of the district.

Consultation on the Timaru District Council's long-term plan is now expected to end on Monday morning- and about 480 bits of feedback have been received by the council. 

A council media spokesman said the consultation, due to end on Friday afternoon, remained open over the weekend for "final stragglers".

"We're really pleased but we're hoping some more will turn up," the spokesman said on Friday afternoon. 

Instead of formal submissions, residents were invited to answer an online survey entitled "Our Place, Our Future?" 

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People were given the opportunity to comment on future spending commitments, what kind of facilities will be needed in the future and how they will be funded, and anything else they thought was important for the future of the district. 

Timaru's future urban water supply, and whether the council needs to expand its water sources beyond the Pareora and the Opihi Rivers, was something else people were asked to consider in the survey. 

Residents were also asked to consider whether the council was doing enough in the community to promote "social wellbeing". 

"Council [plays] a part in improving the social wellbeing of the district's residents, alongside the many skilled agencies in the district doing a great job caring for our most vulnerable residents," the survey said.

No information was available yet about the survey results, but the council is expected to begin looking through them this week. 

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 A formal consultation will take place in March 2018, but the survey results will help shape the plan.

The council's first early online consultation about its long-term plan began in 2015. 

Mayor Damon Odey said last week the council needed the community's help when it came to developing the document. 

"Results from our latest community survey showed that the district is going well and the Council isn't doing too bad either.

""However there are some areas where further comment from [the public] would be really helpful." 

 - The Timaru Herald

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