Feilding Herald : March 29th 2012
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Page8 Door of Hope Pages 15 - 17 Rural . . . . Pages29 Arts and EntertainmentPage 31 Sport . . Pages 32- 33 Classifieds Pages 33 - 37 Puzzle . . .. . .Page35 Council fears amalgamation could quieten residents By MATHEW GROCOTT Residents voices will be harder to hear if councils are amalgamated under proposed local government reforms, Rangitikei district council- lors have warned. A meeting of the council last Thursday began with a discussion of the reforms, which were recently announced. Cr Ed Cherry said he expected to see pressure from the Government for councils to amalgamate along provincial boundaries, something he was concerned about. "The voice of the people ends up further from where they live, " he said. Rangitikei District Mayor Chalky Leary attended a meeting of mayors and chief executives with Local Gov- ernment Minister Nick Smith on Tuesday evening, the day before he resigned his ministerial portfolios. Gerry Brownlee has taken over the local government role in Cabinet temporarily and there were not expected to be any changes to the proposed reforms after Dr Smith s resignation. Mr Leary said Dr Smith was con- cerned about the number of councils. "He clearly thinks there are too many. "He made it clear the Government will stick to its promise not to force amalgamations but they will encourage them." Mr Leary said if Rangitikei did merge with neighbouring councils it would effectively be absorbed because of its smaller population. He warned that if Rangitikei merged with Manawatu and Palm- erston North there would possibly be only two Rangitikei representa- tives on a new council. Although there are no public plans for amalgamation of those councils, the suggestion has been aired in the past. Mr Leary was attending a meet- ing of local authorities in Danne- virke and said he would make it clear what Rangitikei s expectations would be before it could agree to any amalgamations. On Monday, Dr Smith warned councils to tighten their belts. Mr Leary said Rangitikei was already doing what he wanted. "I told Dr Smith we don t spend money on anything but the essentials, but we can t do what we were required to do and keep rates increases below 5 per cent. "He agreed to disagree with me; he believed it was unsustainable, I believe it s unavoidable." Cr Lynne Sheridan said increased regulatory requirements from the Government were pushing up rates significantly. Higher water treatment standards, for example, meant that councils had to buy more sophisti- cated treatment plants, often for use on several sites across a district. Proud of relationship with Ohakea Strong links: Chalky Leary, Rangitikei district mayor. By CHALKY LEARY Rangitikei District Mayor The Rangitikei district has enjoyed a long association with the Ohakea Air Force base, particularly Bulls. Aircraft memorabilia is on display all over the place and a lot of Bulls people are serving, or have served, at the base. When the Air Force maintained strike aircraft those of us further north loved to see the jets fly over. When I was a child growing up in the hills north-west of Hunterville, the Vampire jets were often over- head and my father actually saw one crash. The pilot ejected safely and dad watched the plane disappear behind the hills and the pilot parachute to safety. The plane was a complete wreck and because there was no practical way to retrieve it in those days, most of it remained where it lay. Later, the Skyhawks came and occasionally they were so low that the colours were clearly visible. Notsogoodifyouwereona young horse. Now it is the Iroquois that whack whack whack their way around and it won t be long before we see the new helicopters. We in Rangitikei, are proud to be linked to Ohakea. I am looking forward to the Air Show and 75th Anniversary celebrations; it will be a magnificent day. As mayor of Rangitikei I con- gratulate everyone past and present at Ohakea for their contribution to our district and our country.
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