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A clear vision for the future of our towns & communities

Thursday 3 May 2018

Today the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council approved a way forward for our people to drive the strategic direction of their townships and communities.

The Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Baths were opened in 1962, thanks to significant fundraising by the Central Hawke’s Bay community. In late 2017, Officers discovered significant age related defects, making the pool inoperable. With considerable support from the community, Council made a commitment that the future of the baths be considered as part of the Long Term Plan consultation process.

At deliberations today, the continued support from the community was clear, with members of the public, the Chair of the Project Reference Group, and students from Waipawa Primary school in attendance.

With that in mind, the decision was made to fund a two-stage approach of the redevelopment of the pools. Council will contribute $650,000 in the 2018/2019 financial year for the construction of a new 25 metre pool, a learn to swim pool/playpool and new filtration, with the balance to come from community fundraising. The consequence of this decision is that the Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Baths will be open for operation this summer.

The redevelopment of the Waipawa and District Centennial Memorial Baths will form an integral part of a wider community conversation on Town Centre and Community planning, and will help to build momentum and focus to additional development that needs to occur.

“Town Centre and Community planning is a fundamental platform that supports communities to develop a shared vision. This is a key initiative that was identified through the Project Thrive process – which drew together a range of different communities across the District – that is the driving force behind the approach to plan for tomorrow to future-proof Central Hawke’s Bay. At their core, community plans are about building capacity to create vibrant, resilient and strong communities.” says Mayor Alex Walker.

“Our residents, through this long-term plan consultation, have already raised a number of innovative ideas for the development of their communities,” Chief Executive Monique Davidson said. “This mechanism provides a forum and process that allows our communities to plan and implement the vision for their people.”

These plans will create robust roadmaps so that community and council are clear about the priorities for development and will provide direction for when activity is happening in those respective communities – whether Council or other groups.

$50,000 per annum has been set aside to contribute to the development of these plans, and in future years will provide the funding for us to implement the initiatives identified in the plans.

“This is an exciting time for our District,” Mayor Alex Walker said, “and give us a lot of hope and a vision for how our residents can take control of their townships and communities.”

 

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Authorised by Chief Executive: Monique Davidson

 

Media contact

Monique Davidson, Chief Executive |P 06 857 8060 M 027 601 1711

4 May 2018

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