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Franklin residents urged to participate

Auckland Regional Council Media Release
3 May 2005

Franklin residents urged to participate in regional workshop

What do you value most about the Auckland region ? What do you want for
the wider region in 20 years time? These are some of the questions the
Auckland Regional Council is asking Franklin residents at a workshop
later this month.

All Franklin residents are invited to attend the workshop, which is
being run by the ARC and Franklin District Council. The workshop, one of
a number being held across the region in conjunction with local
councils, aims to find out more about what people value about the
Auckland region now, what people would like the region to be like in 20
years time, and what needs to happen over the next two decades to
achieve that?

When: 7.00 - 8.30pm, Thursday 12 May
Where: Concert Chamber, Pukekohe Town Hall

ARC Councillor, and representative for Franklin and Papakura, Dianne
Glenn, says that by participating in the workshop, Franklin residents
will be helping to ensure that the wants and needs of all Aucklanders
are taken into consideration during the planning of activities and
services.

Cr Glenn says that getting feedback from people from different parts of
the region is important.

"I know that what many Franklin residents think is important is
likely to be different from someone who lives in the Auckland CBD, but
it is important that we hear from people from across the region, not
just the central city.
"The only way we can ensure that the ARC's activities and services
reflect the needs and wants of all Aucklanders is to encourage people
from throughout the Auckland region to tell us what they want for the
region - not just right now, but for the future as well.

"I encourage Franklin residents to get involved, and have their say
on what they value about the region now, and what kind of region they
would like to hand on to their children and grandchildren."

The workshop is part of a process of identifying 'Community
Outcomes', which are all about what people want for themselves,
their family and their community. A key part of this process is taking
local priorities and seeing how they can be delivered across a much
wider community.

Feedback gathered will be collated by the ARC and presented in the 2006
Long Term Council Community Plan, scheduled to be released to the public
in March/April next year.

Delivering services and activities to achieve the outcomes that
Aucklanders want may not rest with the ARC alone. Working in partnership
with other councils in the region, including local councils throughout
the region, central government, businesses, community organisations and
individuals will be crucial in order to deliver what the community
wants.

People interested in participating in the workshop can contact Tricia
Allen, Auckland Regional Council phone 366 2000 x8028 (or phone 0800 80
60 40 if outside the Auckland free call area), email
tricia.allen@arc.govt.nz or Diane Pentz, Franklin District Council,
ph 2371300 or email diane_pentz@franklin.govt.nz.

ends

About Community Outcomes

Under the Local Government Act 2002 all councils in New Zealand must
identify community outcomes - this is what the community wants for their
area/region now and in the future.

Community outcomes are not just about transport, development and
growth. They include health, safety, education and recreation -
everything that makes our region a great place to live.

Feedback gathered as part of the community outcomes process will help
shape what councils and other organisations do, and how they do it.

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