Have your say on LGC proposal to amalgamate Wellington region’s councils
The Local Government Commission is calling for submissions on its draft proposal to merge the region’s local councils into a new single entity named Greater Wellington Council.
The proposed new entity would take over the services of the regional council as well as the existing eight local councils in the region – Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, South Wairarapa District Council, Carterton District Council and Masterton District Council – to provide a unified and regional approach to local governance.
The proposal would also see the services for a small number of properties in the Tararua District Council reach managed by the new council.
The Local Government Commission draft proposal states the region has a population of fewer than 500,000 people and is currently governed by eight mayors, a regional chair and 95 councillors administering 321 separate plans across the region.
It proposes changing this system to having just one council – Greater Wellington Council – with a single mayor, 21 councillors and eight local boards comprising up to 10 members each to oversee the governance of the region.
Under the two-tier governance model, the mayor and councillors would be involved in making decisions for region-wide issues like infrastructure, while the local boards would make decisions about local matters such as parks and libraries in each ward.
The Commission said that it considered this option provided the best way of “aligning decision- making with the community that is most directly impacted by or interested in the decision, by providing for enhanced regional level decision-making, while retaining local level democratic decision-making”.
Submissions on the Local Government Commission’s draft proposal are now open and close on March 2. Residents of the region are encouraged to get involved and to have their say on what sort of governance they think is important for the future of the region.
Submissions can be emailed directly to the commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post your submission to: Local Government Commission PO Box 5362, Wellington 6145
To find out more about the proposal and why the case for change has been recommended, or to download a submission form visit the Local Government Commission’s website at www.lgc.govt.nz.