It’s not all about rubbish

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There’s less than one week left for people to have their say on Western Bay of Plenty District Council’s consultation proposals.

Submissions close next Thursday April 18, at 4pm for feedback on proposed changes to some important policies and bylaws, as well as a proposal to introduce a council-contracted kerbside recycling and rubbish collection service.

Policy and planning manager Emily Watton says more than 200 people have attended the six open days so far and this has resulted in some very useful feedback – particularly about the proposed change to a council-contracted kerbside rubbish and recycling service.

Council also wants to hear from the community about the other proposals out for consultation:

- Traffic and Parking Enforcement Bylaw.
- Gambling venue policies.
- Trading in Public Places Bylaw.
- Freedom Camping Bylaw.
- General Bylaw – Animals (excluding dogs), cemeteries, public places, and a proposed revocation of the Nuisances Bylaw.

“These policies and bylaws relate to many day-to-day activities and it’s important we get the right balance with our final regulations,” says Emily.

Council adopted its draft Annual Plan (for July 1 2019 – June 30 2020) last month and has been holding events around the district for people to chat with elected members and staff about the proposed changes.

The final have your say event is in Katikati this Saturday April 13, 9am until 12pm, in the Community Hub at the centre – Patuki Manawa.

You can pick up a form from any of the council’s service centres if you wish to make a handwritten submission or you can make your submission online and view the full consultation documents at


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