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1. What is your name?

Name
Martin Toop

2. Do you support the Council's initial proposal for representation arrangements for 2019?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No
Please tell us why
I have been in contact with councillors for maybe the previous 8 years. This has been with a group trying to get a park for seniors and trying to get more people using our green spaces by making the parks, etc. , more attractive, more carbon sequestration. Most councillors have never visited some parts of the suburbs. I have done a lot of lettering boxing for Labour, Green Party and TOP. The range of low socio economic streets/ top end streets is an eye opener. Did council research come across cities overseas where say each councillor has his or her own ward? 12 wards, one for each councillor would overcome the council being business biased as WRC is farmer biased. Too many councillors have spent too many years on council. 3 terms enough??? Whatever ward arrangement there should be a system that gives us a good mix in age, gender, expertise and city knowledge. I'm sure a younger aged council would be getting more urgent action on climate change. I've always been impressed with the work done by current councillors, their accessibility and dedication but we all suffer from realising times change in so many ways.

3. The Council will hear verbal submissions on Tuesday 9 October 2018. Do you want to speak about your submission at this meeting?

Please select one item
Yes
Ticked No