Council involvement in economic and community development

Councillors need to provide strategic leadership and decisions based on high quality information and long term goals that encourage wide understanding of and participation in the key drivers of economic wellbeing and community development.

Council staff have a facilitation role to increase cooperation within the region and advocacy capability and capacity on behalf of the region.

Council should be advocating for far more local accountability of public funds spent in the region but currently answerable only to Wellington.

The Council urgently needs a well considered policy statement and plan, developed in partnership with the community, for its role in Social Development. This could have a similar structure to the recently released Draft Economic Development Strategy (A Framework for Sustainable Prosperity) which provides an excellent overview of how Council can best contribute to ensuring a sustainable future for the region.

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One thought on “Council involvement in economic and community development

  1. I am an absentee landlord owning 2 houses and properties in Okitu, Wainui, and only return to Gisborne once every two years for a couple of months. From December till February 2008 I tried to discern the motives behind the Council’s incredibly expensive water reticulation and sewerage plans for Wainui, the burden being placed fully on the shoulders of the Wainui residents. The push for compulsory participation doesn’t reflect any strategic leadership nor does the reasoning of ground and waterway contamination reflect decisions based on high quality information. The long term goals are for the Wainui residents to foot the bill and subsidise the local governments plans to develop large areas of coastal land ( a la Papamoa )and the new housing development at Sponge Bay. So it would seem that council and some “buddies” are wanting to be the sole key drivers of economic wellbeing for themselves and community development they way they ( and not the local community ) want it.

    Council staff have a facilitation role to increase cooperation within the region and advocacy capability and capacity on behalf of the region.

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