Waikato Regional Council would like your help as it reviews its plans, policies and rules around what you do on land to help protect waterways. The Council is inviting expressions of interest from community members who are interested in being part of Citizens Reference Groups, including Groups focused on the Coromandel and Hauraki.
The Coromandel and Hauraki Citizens Groups will have local members with an interest and experience in fresh water. They will bring a range of perspectives on ways to manage activities to stop the decline of quality in some waterways and improve the freshwater quality and ecosystem health in your local area.
This Regional Council staff presentation at a recent community meeting in Whitianga provides a good summary of the issues.
Do you have an intimate knowledge of fresh water in your local area?
Are you well connected in your local community?
Would you have time to participate in facilitated discussions in person – and online if needed – between October 2022 and November 2023?
If selected, you’ll work alongside regional council staff to fine-tune the freshwater policy direction and rules for our part of our region.
Expressions of interest must be received by 5pm on 21 September 2022.
To find out what’s involved and how to submit an expression of interest, visit the council’s website here.
Citizen Reference Groups will comprise up to 12 members each, selected by a panel of WRC staff. The panel will select Citizen Reference Group members based on their experience and knowledge, aiming for a range of backgrounds and perspectives.
Members are required to work in a cooperative manner.
Members must have access and the technical ability to participate in online facilitated discussions using video conferencing if necessary.