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People eager to have say on Rotorua 2030 vision

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Friday 6 December 2013

People eager to have say on Rotorua 2030 vision

The first week of community engagement on Rotorua District Council’s draft Rotorua 2030 vision has been a successful one, with many in the community voicing their views and opinions to councillors at pop-sites across the district.

Community engagement on the bold new vision for how Rotorua could look like by 2030 began at the end of November and runs until December 16.

Rotorua 2030 sets out seven major long-term goals, along with four key priorities for the council and community to achieve together by 2016 when the current three-year council term ends.

The seven long-term goals cover a cross-section of community, environmental and economic areas. The four priorities for 2016 are to develop a vibrant city heart that brings in people and activity; develop Rotorua’s economic base by growing existing, and attracting new, businesses; support creation of healthy homes; and build sustainable infrastructure and affordable, effective council services.

People can have their say in face-to-face conversations with councillors at a number of pop-up sites throughout the city and via an online survey on the council website rdc.govt.nz.

Mayor Steve Chadwick says the response to date from members of the public has been extremelyencouraging and generally positive.

“It’s been important to establish open lines of communication between our community and the council because our journey into the future is one that we need to take together.

“The council appreciates all the valuable feedback we’ve received so far and it’s clear that people have seen it as a great opportunity to play a part in helping craft our district’s future.

“Our new direction towards a better future for Rotorua will only be possible by partnering together and building a sense of community ownership; this is the concept of ‘tatou tatou’ or ‘we together’,” said Mayor Chadwick.

The questions residents are being asked in a survey as part of the vision development process are:
1.            Do you support the seven goals of Rotorua 2030?
2.            Do you support the four priorities for achievement by 2016?
3.            Is there anything else you would like to add?

The Rotorua 2030 survey can be completed online at the council website rdc.govt.nz or by talking directly to councillors at pop-up sites around the district until Monday 16 December. A list of pop-up sites, times and locations is also on the council website.

ENDS

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