It’s more important than ever to speak up and help shape the future of your community, as each of Auckland’s 21 local boards release their three-year plans for feedback.
Each board has prepared a draft plan and want to know if they have got it right. It’s easy to have your say – just fill out the simple online form at akhaveyoursay.co.nz/localboardplans by 14 August.
The plans will guide local board decision-making in your area over the next three years on things like parks and playgrounds, community funding and group support, as well as events and programmes.
Auckland Council General Manager Local Board Services, Louise Mason, says this consultation has the potential to have significant impacts across Auckland.
“Everyone knows budgets are tight, and that council has been making some tough decisions with impacts on local board funding – so understanding what local priorities you value most is going to be really important in the coming years.
“The local board plan is the key document for each board and the decisions it makes in each local area, as well as guiding input into the wider regional plans and long-term budget decisions. So, it really is a significant piece of work we are asking for feedback on.
“I really encourage you to get involved and have your say on the plans relevant to you. It’s your place, make sure you use your voice!”
About local board plans
Local board plans are strategic three-year plans. The consultation enables local boards to identify and prioritise the key outcomes, initiatives and projects that are of most value to their communities.
This information will be considered as each of the 21 local boards draft their plans for the 2023-2026 period, for publication at the end of this year.
They will include focus areas or outcomes for the local boards to concentrate on, such the environment, diversity, working with mana whenua, climate issues and ensuring local community facilities and parks meet the needs of their communities.
About local boards
Local boards provide governance at the local level within Auckland Council. They enable democratic decision-making by, and on behalf of, communities within the local board area.
There are 21 local boards with between five and nine members elected to each board (149 local board members in total).
Local boards are charged with decision-making on local issues, activities and services, and provide input into regional strategies, policies, plans and decisions.