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Riccarton/Wigram Community Board calls public meeting

25 August 2003

Riccarton and Wigram residents are being invited to a public meeting to give their views on what they would like from their Community Board in the next three years.

The Board is seeking this input as it works on its contribution to Christchurch’s Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP). The public meeting will be held on Tuesday 2 September, starting at 5pm at the Sockburn Service Centre, 149 Main South Rd.

In past years, the Riccarton/Wigram Community Board has asked for community assistance in developing a list of works for the Council’s Annual Plan. Under the Local Government Act 2002, the Council is now required to prepare an LTCCP every three years, with a simplified annual plan developed for each of the two intervening years.   The first LTCCP is being prepared for the year beginning 1 July 2004. It must include among other things:-  
  • A statement of community outcomes and priorities in terms that can be measured over time.
  • A statement of the roles Council intends to play in achieving those outcomes.
  • A statement of how the Council will measure the performance of its role
  • A statement of how Council will work with other organisations in achieving those outcomes.
  • Detailed financial forecasts and predictions for the 10 years covered by the LTCCP.

The Annual Plan must include:

  • A budget for the coming year
  • An explanation of any changes from the plans published in the current LTCCP

Riccarton/Wigram Community Board chairman Mike Mora says “although it sounds complicated, all the changes really mean is that elected members need to work with their local communities to set a list community outcomes and priorities, and then decide how they will achieve them and with whom.”

“ Next Tuesday’s meeting is an opportunity to look at our local community and discuss what we would like to see happen to make it well resourced and a positive place to live, work and play,” Mike says.

For further information, telephone Sockburn Service Centre on 941 6502.

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