Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The Public Forum, an opportunity to air your views

By Geraldine Tait

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board meets seven times a year, the
meetings rotating between the four settlements: Waitati, Warrington,
Karitane and Waikouaiti.
Once a year there is also a meeting in Dunedin. Meetings are open to
the public, and start at 5.30pm, so people can come along after work.
If you have a burning issue, a great idea or want the Board's support
for a local project, you can come and speak at the beginning of a
meeting when time is set aside for the public forum. The only rule is
that you have to book in 24 hours ahead by phoning the DCC number 477
4000.
The Board is very receptive to community members speaking at our
meetings; we enjoy the variety of issues and the passion with which
they are presented to us. We can't always solve a problem and often it
is just a first step in a lengthy journey to a satisfactory outcome.
However, once you have the Board's attention, generally we can offer
some assistance in the form of information, advocacy or direct action
on the issue. If it is beyond our scope we may redirect you to another
organisation or suggest another way to approach your problem.
Part of our role as a Community Board is to be a line of communication
between the local people and the Council. The public forum is one of
the most direct and immediate ways in which we can fulfill the aim of
good, open communication.
The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board's next meeting is in Dunedin on
Wednesday 14 July, 5.30 pm at the Fullwood Room, the Dunedin Centre in
Harrop Street.
Waikouaiti Coast Community Board, Geraldine Tait 482 2517


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