Three Waters Reform – Feedback opportunity closing soon
15 September 2021
Council has extended the timeframe for submitting feedback until 5pm, Thursday 16 September, so that anyone who was unable to submit an online form has time to do so.
Public response to the Council’s request for feedback on the proposed Three Waters Reform has been outstanding. Over 300 responses have been received, with the majority asking for Council tell the Government that the district chooses to opt-out.
Westland residents do not want the assets that have been paid for and maintained by the local community to be given to an external entity. Responses received show that residents believe that water assets are unique to each district, and should be owned and operated by people who understand the area. There is also a strong desire for residents to continue to have a democratic say in the running of three waters services through their connections with the local council who own the assets. Concern about the proposal has come from residents who recall when other asset types have been centralised, and promised benefits not realised.