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Published: 2013-10-03 00:00:00

People wanting to make a difference when it comes to the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers are being asked to consider putting their names forward as one of four community representatives on a Collaborative Stakeholder Group.

The 20-strong group is being formed as part of the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai project.

Under the project, the group will be involved in making recommendations to Waikato Regional Council and iwi partners on a regional plan change. A plan change will involve limits and targets for land-based activities so as to protect the health of the two rivers.

Most of the places on the group have been set aside for a range of stakeholder representatives but there will also be four general community representatives.

“This Collaborative Stakeholder Group will make recommendations to guide development of policy to help restore and protect the health of the Waikato and Waipa rivers,” said the council’s acting group manager policy and transport Tracey May.

“We’re keen to hear from community representatives who can help represent the views of the general public on this group.”

Applicants for the community positions must live in the Waikato or Waipa river catchments (see the map at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/healthyrivers for details).

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 23 October. For an application pack go to www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/healthyrivers, call 0800 800 401 or email healthyrivers@waikatoregion.govt.nz