Aotea as­so­ci­a­tion has plenty of work ahead of it

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A su­per­mar­ket, pedes­trian cross­ings, Whit­ford Brown Ave — the fledg­ling Aotea Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion doesn’t lack for top­i­cal is­sues to dis­cuss.

Hav­ing be­come more for­mal since Friends of Aotea was launched in 2008, the as­so­ci­a­tion now has a chair­man, com­mit­tee and about 50 mem­bers.

It is in the process of de­vel­op­ing a vil­lage plan, which a re­cent com­mu­nity sur­vey has given it a ba­sis for.

‘‘We’re still in the early days of set­ting up,’’ chair­man Rod­ney Strong said.

‘‘ There’s a lot of leg­work to come and for­mal­is­ing re­la­tion­ships more with Porirua City Coun­cil and [Aotea landown­ers] Car­rus, but we have a solid group of people who rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent age groups and in­ter­ests in Aotea.

‘‘We’re not push­ing things too much at this point, just get­ting bed­ded in.’’

Strong said some of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pri­or­i­ties in the short and medium term in­cluded pedes­trian cross­ings, a no­tice­board at the shops and get­ting the vil­lage plan writ­ten up.

The pro­posed Count­down su­per­mar­ket at the top of Whit­ford Brown will be on the as­so­ci­a­tion’s agenda very soon, but the feed­back is very mixed, he said.

Longer- term pri­or­i­ties could also in­clude a com­mu­nity hall.

Aotea Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion has no mem­ber­ship fees and Strong said that is­sue and whether to be­come an in­cor­po­rated so­ci­ety was on its ‘‘to dis­cuss’’ list.

The as­so­ci­a­tion meets once a month.

Go to Friends of Aotea on Face­book or aotear­es­i­dents.org.nz for in­for­ma­tion.

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