You’d be forgiven for missing it, hidden amongst talk of Destination playgrounds, Hamilton Gardens, Garden Place and a proposed rates rise; but one of the more important long term decisions our city could make has been glossed over.
Earlier this year the Hamilton City Council and Waipa district Council’s expressed preference to form a shared service to improve efficiencies in water management. However “ … no final decision can be made until public consultation has been completed and submissions considered,” Mr Bowcott says. <<Insert token democratic participation>>
Public consultation about creating a shared water management company with neighbouring councils has now ended. A grand total of 75 people made submissions. Surprising? given the state of our freshwater ways, and news of water contamination or drought in other districts. We’ve been assured our water services are A1, but does that mean we should remain complacent or is it because we don’t feel we’ll be listened to anyway?
Hamilton City Council will make a final decision on whether or not to form a Shared Waters Management Company at its Council meeting on December 12. Do you think public submissions will hold much weight?