Group raises suburb’s profile
Mt Albert residents are uniting to support local businesses and help reduce crime.
Eden Albert Community Board member Pauline Anderson wants to hear from people keen to join a Mt Albert business and community group association.
The group is aimed at increasing the profile of local businesses and community groups and encouraging people into the area. It would also create a support network between business owners to increase security and provide a forum for concerns about local issues.
Mrs Anderson says a previous business association in Mt Albert became inactive when the St Lukes mall opened.
A new association would be a great way to bring people back together, she says.
“We have good businesses here and a great range of shops, so we want to encourage people back. This will give people safety and security and it is a nice way to support local businesses.”
Mrs Anderson has taken responsibility for getting the association up and running.
Once established it will be run by business owners. Aside from benefits for companies, the group will also raise awareness of community groups and services available in the area.
While some have a high profile, there are smaller groups who also need support, Mrs Anderson says.
The association will also put pressure on local authorities to rectify issues, such as improving the Mt Albert train station.
Mrs Anderson says costs will be kept to a minimum so any business will be able to join.
Mt Albert Residents Association spokeswom- an Mary Inomata says the group will be wonderful for the area.
“We will create a much more vibrant, interesting community by working with each other,” she says.
“People want to give their business to people in the local area and they are more likely to do that if businesses are offering what they want.”
For more information, contact Pauline on 021770-799.