Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore is encouraging Franklin residents to let Auckland Council know what they think about the challenges facing our city.
These include improving our transport system, protecting our natural environment and the level of rates we pay. Our population is growing fast, so it’s important for us to think ahead while also providing the services we need today.
By sharing your feedback, it will help shape the critical plans guiding Auckland’s direction and the budgets needed to fund our priorities.
Key proposals include targeted rates to tackle environmental issues like water quality and protecting our kauri, and a fuel tax to fund important transport infrastructure.
“Some of these issues will resonate strongly with Franklin residents,” says Franklin Councillor and Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore.
“We all agree these things need to be done, but as an organisation we are also challenged with keeping general rates as low as possible."
"Targeted rates are one way we could raise funds, so we are keen to know what you think.”
Help shape your neighbourhood
Each year, as part of Auckland Council’s budget process, local boards review their priorities to ensure that they continue to deliver the right outcomes. Below is a summary of these priorities for Franklin Local Board.
Franklin Local Board priorities:
- Reduce waste to landfill by planning for the development of recycling centres in the Beachlands and Pukekohe areas.
- Care for our natural environment by continuing to support the Wairoa River Action Plan and helping others control weed and animal pests.
- Start building local trails, including the Hunua cycle trail, Pōhutukawa Coast trails, Waiuku trails and Pukekohe trails.
- Improve Franklin tourism opportunities through branding and digital tools and promote the area as a motorhome-friendly destination.
- Improve existing community facilities to cater for growth, including the key advocacy project of developing the Karaka Sports Park as a multi-sport and community hub.
It’s easy to have your say – so go to akhaveyoursay.nz before 28 March for information about how to share your views.
You can also come and talk to us in person at one of the events listed below.
- Saturday 3 March, 8am-12pm: Drop-in session at Pukekohe Markets, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
- Thursday 8 March, 4pm-7pm: Have your say event, Waiuku Service Centre, 10 King Street, Waiuku
- Sunday 11 March, 8.30am-1pm: Stop by and talk to us at the Clevedon Farmers’ Market, 107 Monument Road, Clevedon
- Wednesday 14 March, 4pm-7pm: Have your say event at Pukekohe Town Hall, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
- Saturday 17 March, 10am-1pm: Stop by and see us outside Beachlands Countdown, 129 Beachlands Road
- Wednesday 21 March, 4pm-7pm: Have your say event at Beachlands Memorial Hall, 49 Wakelin Road, Beachlands
- Monday 26 March, 4pm-7pm: Drop-in session at Drury Hall, 10 Tui Street, Drury.