27 September 2017

Gore deputy mayor to lead hearing panel

Gore District Council deputy mayor Cr Cliff Bolger has been selected to chair the committee to hear submissions on the proposed Southland Regional Development Agency.

A councillor since 1998, Cr Bolger has been a resource consent hearing commissioner for a number of years.

He was elected to chair the Southland Regional Development Agency Consultation Joint Committee at its first meeting earlier this week. The committtee is made up of representatives from Southland four local authorities.

Committee members are:  Crs Neville Cook (deputy chair) and Grant Hubber (Environment Southland), Crs Cliff Bolger and Doug Grant (Gore District Council), Crs Rebecca Amundsen and Lesley Soper (Invercargill City Council), and Crs Brian Dillon and Gavin Macpherson (Southland District Council).

Southland Mayoral Forum chair and Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks said Cr Bolger would bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role.

“Given his years of work as a hearing commissioner, I have every confidence he will lead the hearing panel with skill and diplomacy.”

With less than a week to go until the consultation period closes Mr Hicks is encouraging people to get their feedback in.

The SRDA proposal aims to form an organisation that will bring together local government, iwi, and community and business interests to lead regional social and economic development opportunities. It will combine the goals of SoRDS (Southland Regional Development Strategy), and the activities of Venture Southland, including tourism, but will have a wider focus.

Hearing dates and locations will be advised once they are finalised.

The consultation period closes at 4.00 pm on Monday, 2 October 2017.

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