Howick residents are being urged to have their say this month on some of the challenges facing our city including getting our transport system working better, protecting our natural environment and the rates we pay.
“Howick constituents are passionate about their community," says Howick ward councillor Sharon Stewart.
"This is an important opportunity for their opinions to be heard on the 10-year budget proposed for Auckland. I encourage everyone to get along to their local library or Have Your Say event and fill out a feedback form, or give their feedback online.”
Fellow ward councillor Dick Quax is also encouraging people to attend one of the local meetings and to make a submission.
“As elected members we have big decisions to make about how to pay for and develop the infrastructure of Auckland. It’s really important that people find out about what is being proposed, and let the Council know what they think."
Advocating for community facilities at Flat Bush
At a local level, Howick Local Board wants your feedback on its advocacy project in the Auckland Council 10-year-Budget to bring forward development of a multi-use community facility and library and an aquatic centre in Flat Bush.
Through feedback from recent consultation on the multi-use facility, the community told us that the development of such a facility is crucial as it would provide a focal point, a place where they can come together.
Currently the multi-use and library facility is due for completion in 2022 and the aquatic centre in 2023.
Bringing forward development plans for the aquatic centre also allows future planning for Barry Curtis Park to evolve once a location has been decided.
As part of this consultation, we also want to know what you think of our priorities for the 2018/2019 financial year:
- Continue management of coastal erosion and sand replenishment, including continued advocacy to the Governing Body for a regional fund.
- Provide dedicated dog exercise areas in Pakuranga, Howick and Botany.
- Develop an overarching pest management project incorporating our existing weed eradication programme and new ones to rid the area of rats and other pests. We also want to consider the concept of creating pest-free areas or 'mainland islands', for example at the new park at the former Greenmount landfill or Mangemangeroa Reserve.
- Provide more all-weather sports fields, such as artificial turf, and improve drainage and irrigation on our parks to reduce the impact of weather.
We have also identified additional priorities of:
- Providing additional shelters at Barry Curtis Park, including over the 'stage' area near Chapel Road.
- Undertaking a stock take of all council-owned and externally-managed community facilities in the area.
Have your say before 28 March
How to give your feedback
Hard copies: You can visit your local library, service centre or local board office to pick up a consultation document and feedback form.
Online: Visit akhaveyoursay.nz to have your say and for access to all consultation materials.
Social media: Comments made through the following channels will be received as feedback:
- Twitter: comments using @aklcouncil and #akhaveyoursay
- Facebook: posts on facebook.com/aklcouncil using #akhaveyoursay
- Saturday 3 March, 10am-3pm, at the Botany Community Day drop-in session, Botany Town Centre
- Saturday 10 March, 8am- 12.30pm, Howick Village Market, Picton Street, Howick
- Thursday 15 March, 6pm- 8pm, Have your say event, The Picton Centre, 120 Picton Street, Howick
- Saturday 17 March, 5pm- 7.30pm, Movies in the Park event, Lloyd Elsmore Park
- Thursday 22 March, 6pm-8pm Have your say roundtable, Kotahi Community Centre, 272E Ti Rakau Drive, Burswood
- Saturday 24 March, 6pm-9pm, drop-in session at Music in Parks, Lloyd Elsmore Park, 2R Bells Road, Pakuranga
- Wednesday 28 March, 6pm- 8pm, Have your say hearing, Howick Local Board meeting. To book a speaking slot, please email the Howick Local Board or phone them on 09 527 0148.