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IT’S YOUR COMMUNITY: HAVE YOUR SAY Residents across Auckland are being urged to have their say on the draft Local Board plans that were launched during July. Local Boards have been set up as part of

Members of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board at the launch of their plan. From left: Greg Presland, Neil Henderson, Janet Clews (deputy chair), Denise Yates (chair), and Judy Lawley.

the creation of the Auckland ‘super city’ to enable decisions to be made on behalf of local communities. Boards can lead local activities, advocate to ensure community interests are known, fund organisations in some areas, or facilitate action by encouraging collaboration. Local Board plans set out a framework for

activities over the next three years. They will be used to guide local decisions and provide input to regional discussions. “These are the very first local board plans

and it’s important we hear from you to confirm we have our priorities right,” says Denise Yates, Waitakere Ranges Local Board chair. “Nothing is set in stone - so there is definitely still scope for individuals and groups to make a difference before we finalise plans in October.” For the Waitakere Ranges Local Board,

Four members of the Whau Board considering their plan. From left: Duncan MacDonald (deputy chair), Jack Weir, Sandy Taylor, and Derek Battersby (chair).

covering Oratia, Glen Eden, Titirangi and all points west, the priorities are stewardship of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area, improving Glen Eden and our villages, supporting our communities and the arts, and promoting

sustainable living and working. For the Whau Local Board covering New

Lynn, Kelston and Green Bay (along with Rosebank and Avondale) the priorities are providing recreational choices, bustling towns with local and neighbourhood shops, building economic prosperity, co-ordinating the development of the New Lynn, Rosebank and Avondale ‘opportunity area’ and local action in the environment. Within these prioriites a wide range of

initiatives are being proposed, including: improved walking and cycling networks, a number of cultural and heritage projects, track maintenance and construction in the Ranges, better park-and-ride facilities, improving a wide range of community facilities, enhanced broadband and cell phone coverage throughout the Ranges area, a New Lynn Clay Pit urban park, sustainability programmes, and more. Summaries of the draft plans have been delivered to all households, together with a freepost submission form. This form has to be returned by August 8. Alternatively, you can go online to www.aucklandcouncil. to express your views.

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