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What do we want for the future of our city?

3 May 2005

What do we want for the future of our city?

Waitakere City Council is about to review its Long Term Council Community Plan (LTCCP) and is calling on the community to get involved and have their say on the direction the city should develop in, long term.

The Council will start its latest round of three yearly LTCCP communication with the community through half day workshops throughout May. They are being held at The Trusts Stadium, Central Park Drive, Henderson on Saturday 7 May (1pm-4.30pm), Thursday 12 May (6pm-9.30pm), Tuesday 17 May (6pm-9.30pm) and Saturday 21 May (1pm-4.30pm).

“These are open to anyone who has an interest in the future of Waitakere City,” says Councillor Janet Clews. “The LTCCP process provides all residents with a meaningful range of opportunities to get involved and have their say about the city they want to live in. These include workshops, focus groups, submissions and making their voice heard at community boards, resident and ratepayers groups, and so on,” says Councillor Janet Clews

The Waitakere LTCCP, first written in 2003/2004 after extensive consultation, set a vision for the next twenty years and describes the features, facilities and services residents wanted to see being put in place over the next 10 years, to achieve that vision.

By law, councils have to refresh their LTCCPs, in consultation with their community, every three years.

Waitakere’s updated LTCCP will be consulted on during 2006 and be published in a draft form, for submissions, in April next year. It will be adopted in June 2006 and cover the period 2006/2007 to 2016/2017.

Any group or individual who would like to contribute, is encouraged to attend. Experts will be on hand to directly address issues. This will also be a chance for different groups within the community to share thoughts and ideas.

How the community sees the City in the next ten years; what they most value about their neighbourhood; and what their main concerns are relating to the future of Waitakere, are all questions being asked in a project to set out the strategy that will take Waitakere City forward into the next decade.

Councillor Janet Clews says the workshops will be made as interesting and interactive as possible, and there are spot prizes, including free passes to West Wave.

The Council will seek feedback from individuals, organisations, groups and communities committed to improving the quality of life in Waitakere Light refreshments will be provided.

For catering purposes those wishing to attend should contact the Council’s call centre on 839 0400 or by email info@waitakere.govt.nz. If anyone has transport or childcare requirements they are also welcome to contact the call centre for assistance.

For general information on the Long Term Council Community Plan contact Annette Smithard, Strategic Plan Manager, Waitakere City Council on annette.smithard@waitakere.govt.nz.

ENDS


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