Your community site for information about a Local Board for Golden Bay

About Us...
The 'Working Group for a Golden Bay Local Board' are local GB people raising community awareness and support for a Golden Bay Local Board, giving locally elected people more powers to make local decisions than the present Community Board.

We have worked closely with the Local Government Commission in producing the information on this website so that, to the best of our knowledge and belief, the information is in accordance with the Local Government Act.

What we are doing...
In 2018, based on a petition by 700 locals, the Working Group applied to the Local Government Commission (LGC) to investigate upgrading our community representation. This would replace our Community Board, which makes recommendations on local Golden Bay issues but with all decisions made regionally by TDC, with a Local Board, where all non-regulatory and some regulatory local issues can be decided by locals elected from our community i.e. the community actually affected by the decision. Download the Application under 'Further Information'.

Progress to date..
The LGC deemed the Application warranted investigation, and have released their 'Investigation Process' document outlining how they will do this, see 'Further Information'. The investigation will adopt the following principles;

a. focus on a local board for Golden Bay, rather than boards for all Tasman communities
b. community consultation based on LGC's 'Golden Bay Local Board Proposal', a document setting out what a local board is, compared to a community board, what it could do, and the likely cost impacts (see 'Further Information')
c. actively involve our community via consultation/information releases (6th July to 14 August 2020), submissions and hearings (August/September), plus input from key stakeholders from the wider Tasman district, including TDC and Iwi

Main issue...
The LGC acknowledge that they have no control over how much TDC will charge us, via a targeted rate, for supporting local decision making by our community. The Working Group will do everything in our power to ensure that if the GB community, in conjunction with the LGC, decide to upgrade to a local board that resulting rate increases, if any, by TDC are fair, transparent and acceptable to our community. See 'Local Board Governance Costs' under 'Further Information'

Next steps...
> Public Meetings:

16th July: Takaka Recreation Center 7pm
17th July: Collingwood: Fire station 10am

> public submissions (last day):14 August 2020

> public hearings:August/September 2020
> LGC decision on whether to implement:November 2020

Note: no poll required for the LGC to implement their final decision

Show your support...
Click on
'GB Local Board Petition (On-Line)' under 'Links' to add your name to the on-line petition. The more support from the Golden Bay community (or from elsewhere in the Tasman District) the stronger our case to the LGC for implementing better local government. All personal details are strictly confidential.

For more information...
Select 'Further Information' tab on this website then click on the document title to open/download. Other information is available direct from the LGC - click on the link on this website.

Who we are...

Averil Grant (Chair, Puramahoi)
Tony Lawton (Secretary/Spokesperson, Patons Rock) ph.021-931-395
Roland Toder (Clifton)
Laurie Healie (Pohara)

Geoff Aitken (Pohara) .

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