In Touch with Matt Doocey MP

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

It was great to be in Oxford last month for the re-opening of the Oxford Town Hall. It was very clear how important the building is to the community – representing more than just bricks and mortar – and it was very rewarding having the Prime Minister re-open the facility.

It’s certainly been a busy first quarter in the Waimakariri electorate and I’ve been getting out into the community with a number of community and residents’ meetings.   I have been assisting residents in Oxford with an issue that has been causing them much distress. Our homes represent not only what is for many of us our biggest investment but they are where we raise our families and can relax away from the pressures of everyday life.  When our homes are no longer comfortable – or even feel unsafe - because of the impact of activities in our area, then we, as a community, need to be looking at the issue.

While an MP can’t override other agencies’ decision-making processes, we can help facilitate towards some solutions by navigating through a range of options and, most importantly, organising a multi-agency approach so that residents don’t feel powerless going from one door to another. 

I am also running constituent clinics in Oxford and you may have found a flyer in your post box advertising that I am in your area.  If there is an issue that you would like help with, then please ring my offices to set up an appointment for my next Oxford clinic. I look forward to meeting you!