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Rotorua Lakes Council adopts Long Term Plan
28 June 2018
Rotorua Lakes Council adopts Long Term Plan
Rotorua Lakes Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan is a major investment in the Rotorua community and the ongoing progress of the district, says Mayor Steve Chadwick.
The Long-term Plan (LTP) was adopted by the Full Council today.
“We’re investing heavily in infrastructure – about 80 per cent of the 10-year spend is on core infrastructure – improving what we have and investing in infrastructure for the future.   We’re re-opening our iconic museum, improving facilities like the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre and Kuirau Park, and we also have projects – such as the proposed development of the lakefront and forest facilities – to further position Rotorua for the future.   These are projects we will look to deliver in collaboration with partners and funders,” the mayor says.
“We’ve spoken and engaged with many people as part of developing this plan and we know it has the support of our community. It’s essentially our action plan to deliver on the direction set through the 2030 vision and our refresh of the vision, The Rotorua Way.”
Mayor Chadwick says the LTP is underpinned by financial prudence, having been audited and approved by Audit New Zealand and reviewed by international credit rating firm Fitch.
At today’s meeting the Council also set an average rates increase of 5.7% for the 2018/19 financial year which starts 1 July.
“Rates are always a challenge and councils across New Zealand are struggling to maintain reasonable increases – we’ve kept ours to a moderate level.
“A lot has gone into developing this LTP – it's a bold plan but we’ve considered everything very carefully,” the mayor says.
“We have a clear direction, we know what’s needed and we know this is a plan that will make a difference.”
Go to THIS LINK on Council’s website to view key information about the LTP including the process undertaken to develop the 10-year plan, key themes and financial information.
Today’s meeting was livestreamed and can be viewed via THIS LINK on Council’s website.
The finalised LTP will become publicly available following the addition of the report of Audit New Zealand which has approved the plan and the underlying financial strategy.