Rangitīkei District Council has resolved to respond to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee considering the government’s Three Waters reforms.
The Council says its response will also seek an opportunity to speak to the submission.
“Council plans to reiterate its position from the submission made to Minister Mahuta on 1 October 2021, in which resident’s concerns were captured and raised,” the Council said in a statement today.
The concerns include the lack of proper community consultation or engagement, the requirement for ensuring a continued local voice, addressing investment prioritisation, concerns over an expected reduction in local governance, and clarity on pricing harmonisation.
It said while some concerns such as asset ownership have subsequently been addressed by Government following Council’s submission, Council remained committed to ensuring the “Rangitīkei voice is heard”.
“Council were unanimous in their approach to ensuring the voice of our community is heard by central government,” said Rangitikei District Council Mayor, Andy Watson.
“The impact of this reform is considerable, and needs to be done well in order to protect the assets our community has built over several decades, and to maintain safe and effective water services.”
Council says its submission to the Bill will be completed by 22 July.