Council's Long Term Plan adopted

Council’s Long Term Plan adopted; 3.37% rates increase in year one

Westland District Council’s Long Term Plan for 2018-2028 was successfully adopted in accordance with its statutory timeframes at Council’s extraordinary meeting on 2 July 2018.

The plan, which has a strong focus on Council’s core functions, received 123 formal submissions, and results in a 3.37% rates increase for Westland ratepayers in year one.

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith says:
“The plan was unanimously supported by Councillors after a robust process that led to the adoption of the final document. It provides a very clear direction for us moving forward. Residents can have confidence that we know what the key goals are and how we are going to reach them over the next 10 years.

“As Mayor, it has been a pleasure to work with staff on this project. I admit to not knowing before just how much work goes into this. I think the effort of Council staff has exceeded my expectations; they have truly gone above and beyond.

“While working on this plan, staff also successfully obtained over 7.5 million of subsidies and grants for roading and tourism infrastructure projects and this has kept both rates and the debt level down significantly within the life of this plan. Council staff will continue to chase alternative funding as the opportunity arises”

View the Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028 [PDF, 5MB]

Dated at Hokitika this 9th day of July 2018.

For more information, please contact:
Lesley Crichton, Group Manager: Corporate Services