Where should the $38,000 be spent?
Two suburbs in eastern Porirua and one in the west need their residents to stand up and have their say.
As cliche as that might sound, Porirua City Council’s awardwinning village planning programme needs some guidance.
Elsdon, Waitangirua and Cannons Creek have been allocated $38,000 to use in the next 12 months - not on pipes or roads or street lighting, but things that enhance the neighbourhood and help instil a sense of community.
It might be better seating, a ‘‘welcome to’’ sign, a community garden - it’s up to the residents to decide.
Those three suburbs, however, do not have formal relationships with the council by way of a residents association or other recognised means in order to decide how that village planning allocation is spent.
Elsdon, Waitangirua and Cannons Creek residents need to come together. Porirua City Council said the $38,000 will not be ‘‘lost’’ or re-allocated elsewhere, but the clock is ticking towards the end of June. Projects must be identified and moved forward in the next 11 months.
The council needs to get more proactive and if it’s not through a formal organisation like a residents group, then public meetings or other contact must be made to hear the residents’ wishes.
The nominations are in and the race for the mayoralty and council seats in Porirua is wide open.
It is fantastic to see that 37 people have put their hands up for 10 council seats and six names will be gunning for the mayoral chains. There will be a minimum of five new faces around the council table and Porirua will crown its fifth mayor since 1965 on October 8.
The numbers were looking a bit thin last week but, as expected, there was a late surge towards Friday.
Euon Murrell’s one-horse race for the mayoralty ended up a pipe dream, thankfully. Three of the six - Murrell, Liz Kelly and Mike Duncan - have run for the Porirua mayoralty before, while Mike Tana, president of the Public Service Association represents a strong option for voters.
Looking at the 43 candidates - and this does not include those running for Porirua Community Trust and Hutt Mana Charitable Trust - there is a cross-section of age, experience, ethnicity, political views and community ties.
Long live democracy.