Questions about unspent $180k

WAIAPU Ward district councillor Bill Burdett says he is still waiting to hear how government funds to control wandering stock on roads will be spent.

Speaking at the environmental planning and regulations committee, he said he had previously questioned how the $180,000 received from the NZ Transport Agency was apportioned.

Mr Burdett said he had been to a number of meetings at Te Araroa about the issue. He had asked at this committee three times, with no response.

Three weeks ago he was at the blessing for the opening of the East Cape Road and was questioned again on this issue.

He said the chief livestock officer had been to two meetings on the coast about wandering stock.

“It seems to me there is an avoidance on this. It is an ongoing problem and this is the end of our council term,” he said.

“How do we fix this, because we are the responsible body?”

Committee chair Pat Seymour said she believed Mr Burdett’s query was about the provision of after-hours service.

“The point is there is no serious cell phone coverage and when you see the stock on the road, unless you get to a landline you can’t do much about it,” Mr Burdett said..

He had been told at this committee twice that it was not going to be easy to get the information on how the money was going to be apportioned.

“The trouble spots, we know, are on the coast from Tolaga Bay north.With great respect, my plea is can we do something about it?”

Mrs Seymour said the matter was not on the agenda for this meeting so she would leave it for the staff to get some information and report back.

Her recollection was the council had been told the allocation of the funds would be reported in the current financial year.

“We understand exactly what the issue is and the difficulties, but we also understand that the safety of the travelling public is really important and livestock on the road is a really dangerous issue.

“I am sure we will get some feedback. I appreciate that you have come here several times to raise it,” she said.

Mr Burdett said the northern area deserved better from the council.

WAIAPU Ward district councillor Bill Burdett says he is still waiting to hear how government funds to control wandering stock on roads will be spent.

Speaking at the environmental planning and regulations committee, he said he had previously questioned how the $180,000 received from the NZ Transport Agency was apportioned.

Mr Burdett said he had been to a number of meetings at Te Araroa about the issue. He had asked at this committee three times, with no response.

Three weeks ago he was at the blessing for the opening of the East Cape Road and was questioned again on this issue.

He said the chief livestock officer had been to two meetings on the coast about wandering stock.

“It seems to me there is an avoidance on this. It is an ongoing problem and this is the end of our council term,” he said.

“How do we fix this, because we are the responsible body?”

Committee chair Pat Seymour said she believed Mr Burdett’s query was about the provision of after-hours service.

“The point is there is no serious cell phone coverage and when you see the stock on the road, unless you get to a landline you can’t do much about it,” Mr Burdett said..

He had been told at this committee twice that it was not going to be easy to get the information on how the money was going to be apportioned.

“The trouble spots, we know, are on the coast from Tolaga Bay north.With great respect, my plea is can we do something about it?”

Mrs Seymour said the matter was not on the agenda for this meeting so she would leave it for the staff to get some information and report back.

Her recollection was the council had been told the allocation of the funds would be reported in the current financial year.

“We understand exactly what the issue is and the difficulties, but we also understand that the safety of the travelling public is really important and livestock on the road is a really dangerous issue.

“I am sure we will get some feedback. I appreciate that you have come here several times to raise it,” she said.

Mr Burdett said the northern area deserved better from the council.

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