Environmental advocates sought for Waikato Regional Council Advisory Committee (ACRE)  

Nominations are being sought for The Advisory Committee for the Regional Environment (ACRE).  ACRE is an advisory/consultative group of up to 15 members who sometimes attend Waikato Regional Council meetings, and liaise with staff and councillors and make submissions on the council’s environmental policies and plans.

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The group’s members are active in various aspects of environmental work in the community. The committee meets monthly and keeps pace with regional and national environmental policy development and seeks to bring a community perspective and voice to these developments.

There are up to seven vacancies after longstanding members Kemble Pudney and Dr Dell Hood, as well as others, standing down from the group.

Current Chair Ms Casey-Cox says the group is especially keen to receive applications from Māori, Pasifika and young people who are actively engaged in environmental work in the community.

Members are appointed for a three-year term and are eligible for re-election. Consideration will be given to the geographical spread of applicants, their associated networks and environmental knowledge.

Nominations for the vacancies close at 5pm on Monday, 31 August. For the nomination form and more information about the group go to waikatoregion.govt.nz/Acre.

“ACRE seeks to be an effective and informed advocate. We frequently invite people to join the meetings to provide greater insight on particular environmental issues.”

“Given the access members have to current information and developments, they are responsible for sharing this information back to the communities they connect with, helping to build the ability of the community to have a voice in local and national policy direction,” Ms Casey-Cox says.

Media contact:
Anna Casey-Cox, 022 354 6550