Response to ECAN review release

Waitaki news
Friday, March 20, 2015

Jacqui Dean, MP for Waitaki, has welcomed the Government's ECAN review calling it a good model for regional governance.

The proposal is for a mixed-model governance structure for Environment Canterbury (ECan) has been designed so work on Canterbury's  Water Management Strategy and earthquake recovery work carries on. 

Mrs Dean said from her point of view the proposal was now out there and it was up to the public  to take part in the consultation and submission process which closes May 1. 

"I encourage all those with something to say to start preparing their submissions. You only have six weeks!

"The review is about making decisions about the optimal governance structure for ECAN after the present temporary arrangements expire. It's an opportunity for everyone to comment on the proposed mixed structure  that will comprise elected regional councillors and specialist Government appointed councillors. 

"ECAN's future will need strong leadership in all matters including contentious, complex and multi-dimensional issues and interests. Other goals will include  the need for sustainable development on economic growth and jobs coupled with strong environmental stewardship.

Mrs Dean said she was pleased to see the Review would not be considering changes to existing territorial authority structures, regional boundaries or statutory allocations of functions between council and territorial authorities.

"It's also about accountability, collaboration, and value for ratepayers. 

"The main point at this stage is to get the message out that submissions are being called for and people with something to say about this plan need to get cracking, "Mrs Dean said.