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A vibrant and prosperous district

almost 6 years ago

We think it’s important that the Western Bay District has growing businesses, plenty of good jobs, and affordable housing.  We want to focus not only on the present, but also to ensure our district is sustainable for our children's future.

  • Do you agree that this is important for Council to focus on?  

  • What part do you think Council should play in creating a vibrant economy?

  • What do you think Council could do to promote economic development?



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  • zeniorita almost 6 years ago
    Yes it is important.Firstly to focus on making the houses we do have sustainable first. To carry on with the grants/funding allowance to help the low socio-economic housing and rental properties get insulated would be a good start. Offer an incentive for anyone to put solar power on to their houses would be another good long-term step.Re-use old materials and old houses for new builds. This is sustainable building practice, rather than just using all new materials. Fit out with 2nd hand bathrooms etc too. This stuff all needs recycling and that is the best way to do it. This preserves the environment for our future generations as this stuff will otherwise end up in landfill.It might be more expensive to do it this way,however it would be the most responsible building option, and sensible. Please think about this concept rather than going for cheap, mass produced houses that don't last as long and demands new materials, with no doubt supplies from China.These practices would make a difference, and if other districts could follow your lead it would make a massive change in our economy, our environment and our lifestyles.As for the job front. Rubbish collecting is an area that needs A LOT of work through out N.Z. Our road sides, parks, and streams are strewn with litter that needs attention. Employment to clean up this problem would be really worthwhile for the youth of today, it would teach them what is happing to our environment in our country and how bad the situation is, making them more consciously aware of their actions one would hope.Good old fashioned trapping of possums and rodents is a form of employment (done without poison), so we can avoid the use of further 1080 drops in our bush and forest. The skins also provide another source to our economy for development and support.I hope you take these suggestions on board.Thankyou for letting me have my say.Kind regardsZenya
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    • Kahu almost 6 years ago
      I would strongly object to my rates being increased to subsidise solar panels for others. If solar power stacks up economically then that is all the incentive that anyone needs, they invest the capital and they get the return on that investment. Why should my rates supply the capital to "offer an incentive" in order that someone else gets the return?[Disclaimer: We have already installed a 3KW solar system]
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      • zeniorita almost 6 years ago
        Sorry, I thought the solar could be a government subsidy idea like the I believe the current insulation scheme is, rather than a rates-funded subsidy.
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        • Kahu almost 6 years ago
          Same thinking applies: - Why should I pay for it via my tax? If it makes economic sense then they pay and they gain.
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          • zeniorita almost 6 years ago
            It's not really about the consumer gaining financially, it's about getting as many people as possible to be more environmentally friendly for the big picture living and preserving our environment for future generations to enjoy.That's the motivation behind it.
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  • zeniorita almost 6 years ago
    This is not to do with with business, jobs or housing, however it is to do with having a sustainable future for our childen and those generations after that...I would really like to see a local recycle collection offered on a weekly or fortnightly basis to the Waihi Beach residents (and any other town in the District that does not have this operating already). I strongly believe this should be included in the current rates scheme, and is important for our environment to reduce the amount of recyclables that are being dumped in our green rubbish bags. It would be great if this could be looked at and implemented for the next budget plan.Thankyou
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