The forecasted household rates rise of 6% over the next 8 years in unsustainable. Time to pause and reset. The pandemic has caused extraordinary inflation and increased costs of living. Actualising the NPDC vision of the Sustainable Lifestyle Capital in unachievable and requires immediate reassessment year 3 LTP 2023/24.
We cannot stop the mandated reform conversely we must now proactively influence the outcomes for our community. I believe in a Taranaki regional strategy whereby South Taranaki, Stratford and New Plymouth District councils join collectively as a Council Controlled Organisation to ensure our 3 Waters remain affordable and locally responsive.
Yes, urgently. In addition to the mitigation and adaptation goals currently planned within NPDC Climate Change Framework and Emissions Reduction Plan we need to focus on future opportunities. In particular green waste collection and diversion from landfill, collection of commercial food waste and the Colson Road Landfill Gas Capture System.
Yes. The imminent NPDC rating review process for commercial/industrial, small holdings and farmland businesses will be an opportunity to review current rates which I believe are imbalanced and inequitable for business. I believe that NPDC must consult with business to ensure that the future rating system is equitable.
I support the principles of Aotearoa New Zealand's constitution Te Tiriti O Waitangi namely, Partnership Participation and Protection. The establishment of a Māori ward is honouring the partnership between the Crown and Maori. I believe that the introduction of a Maori Ward Councillor is an invaluable contribution to decision making.
Successful and effective support of our towns starts with proactive engagement with our Community Boards, the heart of localised grassroot democracy and decision making. NPDC must do better to achieve focused outcomes by listening to our community boards with the intent to understand their needs and aspirations. Forward Together.
NPDC has pledged $38.5m in the long-term plan. I support the Tūparikino Active Community Hub as an intergenerational well-being facility. Given extraordinary current project inflation costs at 30% I believe NPDC should cap our contribution at $40 million. The Tūparikino project team will need to raise the balance.
Immediate Mayoral priorities is to appoint a Deputy Mayor, confirm committee structures, appoint key Chairpersons including various committee appointments. Reimagine the NPDC Vision Mission and Goals while remaining 100% focused on achieving the best 3 Water Reform outcome for NPDC and immediate revision for the Annual Plan rate expectations 2023/24.