At today's Council meeting, councillors approved the next stage of the Clutha District's representation review. Every six years councils are required to review their representation arrangements and our last review was in 2012. Informal preliminary consultation was carried out with the public last year and formal consultation will now run from 4 July to 3 August 2018. No major changes are being proposed to the current representation arrangements.
The proposal out for consultation includes changing the name of the Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board and Lawrence-Tuapeka ward to Tuapeka Community Board and Tuapeka Ward.
The proposal is also to retain 14 councillors plus the mayor, and the district would remain divided into the following eight wards:
• Balclutha Ward (four councillors)
• Bruce Ward (three councillors)
• Catlins Ward (one councillor)
• Clinton Ward (one councillor)
• Clutha Valley Ward (one councillor)
• Kaitangata-Matau Ward (one councillor)
• Tuapeka Ward (one councillor)
• West Otago Ward (two councillors).
The reason the total number of councillors is proposed to remain at 14 is to provide effective representation to residents and ratepayers spread across our large district.
We're also proposing the two current community boards remain, the West Otago Community Board with six members plus the two ward councillors and the Tuapeka Community Board with six members plus the one ward councillor.
We are proposing some minor ward boundary changes to better reflect fairer representation and communities of interest. The following would be affected by these proposed changes:
• Kaka Point would move from the Balclutha Ward to the Catlins Ward
• Pukekoma and Hillend would move from the Bruce Ward to the Clutha Valley Ward
• Round Hill and Manuka Creek would move from the Bruce Ward to the Tuapeka Ward.
Keep an eye on Council's website for the consultation information.