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Work to push ahead on options for KDC future sustainability

Kaikōura District Council today received an update on work to address the future financial sustainability of the organisation and agreed investigation of detailed options and plans for community consultation should continue.

A review of KDC’s financial sustainability has recommended changes to the way it works to meet future demands. The recommendations, which include a proposed new operating model that promotes sharing services with external partners, were today considered for the first time by the new Council.

Decisions about the future will not be made until more detailed work is carried out on the proposed new way of working and until engagement and consultation with key groups and the wider community has been carried out. The Council today agreed that work should continue.

Kaikōura Mayor Craig Mackle says future decisions will be based on the more detailed work to be carried out in coming months and on feedback from the community.

“The most important consideration for us is meeting the needs of the local community and ensuring the continuation of local democracy in Kaikōura. We need to know more about what a future model might look like before decisions are made. We’ll be doing that over coming months and seeking feedback from the community.”

KDC Chief Executive Angela Oosthuizen says the demands of earthquake recovery highlighted the tight financial position of KDC.

“The review found that, as a small Council with relatively few resources, growing demands on services, and ongoing earthquake-related pressures, we would not be sustainable in the future if change did not happen.

“The development of a new operating model includes investigation of shared services with other council partners, options for contracting out some services and a request of ongoing support from Government during the change process.

“We’ll now push ahead with work and we’ll be talking with staff, potential future partners, iwi, local interest groups and the community in early 2020 so that decisions can be made later in the year.

“Kaikōura has been fortunate to have the support Government since the earthquakes. KDC continues to work closely with Government partners and is discussion options for future support under a new operating model,” she says.


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28 November 2019