Have your say required for Annual Budget

Above: Brendon Crompton, Richard, Andy Baker and TreenaHarris at the Waiuku meeting held on Friday.

Above: Brendon Crompton, Richard, Andy Baker and TreenaHarris at the Waiuku meeting held on Friday.

THE Franklin community were invited last week to attend two information and feedback sessions on Auckland Council’s draft Annual Plan 2016/2017, giving them the opportunity to hear what is proposed in the draft plan for the coming year, and to have a chance to discuss their thoughts about these proposals.

Neither meetings were well attended. With only around 40 people attending the one held at the Pukekohe Town Hall, and a mere three at Waiuku.
At Pukekohe, attendees were split into groups where discussions took place on the proposals both Auckland Council and the Franklin Local Board raised. The feedback from the groups was mixed. However, one topic that the majority felt strongly about was the Franklin Recycling Rate, with most agreeing that the rural recycling to be brought forward and introduced in November 2016.
The meetings and consultation seeks community input to help Council develop the annual budget or plan, for 2016/2017.
Council are interested in hearing from the community with regards to changes to the Uniform Annual General Charge, whether the Interim Transport Levy amount should remain the same or if businesses should pay more than other ratepayers?
If rates should kept the same or be reduced for lifestyle properties over 50 hectares and should rates be reduced for Maori Land in Auckland to reflect restrictions on its use. While the Franklin Local Board has not made any significant changes to the long Term Plan 2015-2025, they desperately would like consultation on Franklin Recycling Rate. The Franklin Recycling Rate is a proposed fortnightly kerbside commingled recycling collection for the rural Franklin Area, beginning on Tuesday, November 2016. This was set to be introduced in 2017/2018, but due to the closure of Envirowaste’s Pukekohe Transfer Station, Council considers an earlier introduction of the service would provide better waste outcomes than continuing the temporary drop off points. This service will be funded by a targeted rate of $48.54 including GST, and is set at two thirds of the annual service cost as it will only be in operation for eight months.
The local board would also like feedback on prioritising the following for 2016/2017:
• To develop a greenways plan for Franklin
• Advocate strongly for coastal erosion to be addressed.
• Complete the process for rural halls to be managed.
• Continue to support local community organisations and event organisers.
• To support youth in Franklin and develop options for improving the transition from school to work.
• Support volunteers who wish to work on projects in local parks and reserves.
For more information, visit www.shapeauckland.co.nz or phone 09 301 0101. Feedback needs to be received by 4pm, Thursday, March 24, 2016.

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