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Announcement on amalgamation due soon

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Announcement on amalgamation due soon

The Local Government Commission
is expected to make an
announcement before the end
of the year on whether changes
should be made to the Wellington
region’s local government structure.
If change is recommended, a
draft proposal will be released for
consultation and the people of the
region will be asked to provide
their feedback. This is likely to be
followed by a referendum on the
Commission’s final determination
sometime next year.
Greater Wellington Regional
Council has submitted a proposal
for a shared decision-making
structure. This model sees locally
elected boards deciding and
delivering a large part of what
is currently delivered locally by
councils. Local areas also elect
representatives onto a regionwide
body with responsibility for
major networks and infrastructure,
Announcement on
amalgamation due soon
planning and economic
development – and that would
also provide a united voice for the
region.
“Recent changes to the local
government legislation mean that
in a two-tier system, community
decision making is now anchored
into the law with guaranteed
funding,” says regional council
chair Fran Wilde. “The benefit of
this partnership approach is that
local issues are dealt with locally
but Wellington would achieve the
scale and unity to deal with the
bigger, more difficult issues in a
united way and with the backing of
adequate resources.
“This is an important decision
for our region and I encourage
everyone to find out the details of
the Commission’s proposal before
coming to a view on whether it
is the best way to future-proof
Wellington.”

The Local Government Commission is expected to make an announcement before the end of the year on whether changes should be made to the Wellington region’s local government structure.

If change is recommended, a draft proposal will be released for consultation and the people of the region will be asked to provide their feedback. This is likely to be followed by a referendum on the Commission’s final determination sometime next year.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has submitted a proposal for a shared decision-making structure. This model sees locally elected boards deciding and delivering a large part of what is currently delivered locally by councils. Local areas also elect representatives onto a regionwide body with responsibility for major networks and infrastructure, planning and economic development – and that would also provide a united voice for the region.

“Recent changes to the local government legislation mean that in a two-tier system, community decision making is now anchored into the law with guaranteed funding,” says regional council chair Fran Wilde. “The benefit of this partnership approach is that local issues are dealt with locally but Wellington would achieve the scale and unity to deal with the bigger, more difficult issues in a united way and with the backing of adequate resources.

“This is an important decision for our region and I encourage everyone to find out the details of the Commission’s proposal before coming to a view on whether it is the best way to future-proof Wellington.”