The Wanaka Community Board has scrapped plans for its regular
scheduled meeting next month because of a lack of items for
However, the public would still have plenty of opportunities
to raise issues in other forums, chairman Lyal Cocks said.
The meeting's cancellation was announced yesterday morning in
an email from Queenstown Lakes District Council Wanaka
Service Centre manager Barbara East. In an emailed reply,
community board member Bryan Lloyd questioned whether the
board was ''serving the community in the way that we should''
by cancelling the meeting, since members of the public
wanting to speak in a public forum would have to wait another
six weeks until the next meeting.
Mr Cocks responded in a subsequent email that there were
other options available for the public to present submissions
to the board - such as councillor and board clinics and
working group meetings, so he had made the call to cancel the
''Apart from the standard reports, there's no items for
discussion,'' Mr Cocks told the Otago Daily Times.
''Looking at the cost of putting a meeting on just for the
reports, it's probably not justified. All the work that's
going on has all been signed off previously.''
The cancelled meeting did not indicate diminishing
responsibility for the board or leave its members sitting
''All the delegation's still there. We've got a lot of
activity going on. The board still meets to do working group
stuff on issues we want to get on to agendas.
''But occasionally, very rarely, we haven't got anything to
make a decision on.''
Community board member Jude Battson was not surprised the
meeting was cancelled.
''It has happened before for a WCB meeting and has occurred
two or three times in the past two and a-half-years for the
QLDC community services committee I am on.''
She said unless there was a controversial agenda item, the
board's public forum might only attract one or two people.
The cancellation was ''sensible book-keeping on behalf of the
ratepayers'' given the costs associated with holding a
meeting, she said.
The next Wanaka Community Board meeting will be held on April