Tauranga's transport woes were a hot topic as public hearings on the council's budget for the next year got under way today.

It was not the only Annual Plan issue people wanted to bend Tauranga City Council's ear on, however, with housing, the living wage and buses also raised.

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber urged the council to be financially and strategically invested in the Urban Form and Transport Initiative, because it was a "once opportunity" to fix the transport issues leaders were obligated to sort out.

Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber. Photo / File
Western Bay of Plenty Mayor Garry Webber. Photo / File

"It is time for our councils to be bold, open and

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