Councillors Reject 6-Month Delay for Climate Change Report

On Tuesday 9 February Thames-Coromandel councillors rejected a staff recommendation for a six-month delay before the council received a report on its response to the climate crisis.  Instead, they voted 6/3 that the report must be presented by April.  Congratulations to councillors Christie, Morrissey, Walker, Gotlieb, Rodley, and Sinclair who voted for the earlier April date.  Mayor Goudie and councillors Maclean and Fox voted for a six-month delay.

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Sustainable Homes Loans for Waikato Ratepayers?

My proposal that Waikato Regional Council commence a sustainable home loan scheme will soon go out for public consultation. Low interest loans to targeted ratepayers who opt in to the scheme would be repaid monthly over 10 years through rates.  The loans can be used to for insulation, heating, ventilation, double-glazing, solar power/batteries, water tanks and upgrading septic tanks. The programme is designed to be cost-neutral and run at no cost to general ratepayers.

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