Giving a loud voice to the Tauranga City ratepayers

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

Are you interested in the latest developments that affect your town? Do you want to influence those making decisions on your behalf? Then look no further than your local ratepayers' association.

The Mount Progressive, Papamoa Progressive, Matua Residents Association and the Welcome Bay Community Centre have a track record over the years of influencing decisions in the council chamber.

The largest of these groups, the Papamoa Progressive Association, meets at 7.30pm every second Monday of the month at the Papamoa Sport and Recreation centre at the Gordon Spratt Reserve. About 50 interested residents attend regularly and the format is constructive and entertaining with guest speakers on topics of local and national interest.

Councillor Leanne Brown and I attend every meeting for questions and feedback and I find it extremely helpful in forming my opinions. I've been going for seven years, two as chair and four as a councillor. If you have an interest in serving through local politics or an aspiration to lead your community, there is no better place to start.

Last week I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Mount Progressive Association and as you would expect, the Phoenix Carpark was a hot topic of discussion. After many years of service, the chair, David Burnett has stood down and the association needs a new leader.

It's not an onerous position but one that needs filled so the Mount community can continue to progress. If you're interested feel free to give David a call on 07 575 6906.

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