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Newmarket's future vision in libraries

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June 4, 2002


Newmarket's future vision in libraries

People with an interest in the future of Newmarket will be able to visit city libraries to read their community’s vision for how it wants to develop the town centre.

Councillor Juliet Yates, Chairperson of the City Development Committee, says the vision is “ in progress” and follows the launch of Newmarket’s Future – Developing a Framework, held on May 28.

She said the community launch was the start of the participatory process in planning for Newmarket’s Future.

More than 120 people attended the meeting at which a mix of Newmarket business people and residents worked together in facilitated groups to find a community vision for the centre.

The groups answered three questions:
- What did they value about Newmarket?
- What were their concerns regarding Newmarket?
- What was their vision for Newmarket?

Councillor Yates says people who missed the meeting will still be able to be involved in the community consultation process by reading the notes from the launch and filling in the comment forms at the library displays.

The launch notes included diagrams and slides from the meeting.

“It was very encouraging to see so many Auckland City and Community Board politicians in attendance. The turnout of local people was tremendous - prominent business people and many from the town planning community came along and showed interest in Newmarket’s future.”

“Residents and business people in Newmarket will have their own interests and views on the place of Newmarket and its rightful role in the future. “

“Separately each may wonder how to achieve their goal.

“Together we can make it happen.”

Newmarket had long occupied “ a special place at the crossroads of important routes into the central city.”

It was a dynamic shopping centre as well. “But for many people it is home, the place they call their own.”

Displays from the launch will be exhibited at Epsom and Parnell libraries from June 10-21.

A display will also be on the ground floor of the Rialto cinema where Auckland City staff will be available as part of the community consultation process.


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