Em­mer­son’s View

Rotorua Daily Post - - OUR PEOPLE -

con­sid­ered by elected mem­bers as part of long-term plan de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

Con­sul­ta­tion in­for­ma­tion pro­posed spend­ing.

A new play­ground will be built ad­ja­cent to the cur­rent one. Carpark­ing is not be­ing re­moved but apart from some dis­abil­ity and drop-off parks, will be re­lo­cated and po­ten­tially in­creased.

Ex­ist­ing trees are in­cor­po­rated in the de­sign plans and Memo­rial Drive is be­ing re­tained, with park­ing to be added there.

Peo­ple will be able to walk freely along the wa­ter’s edge and the wider lake­front ar­eas as well as along the pro­posed 5-me­tre wide board­walk to be con­structed over the wa­ter. in­cluded

Safety, en­vi­ron­men­tal and op­er­a­tional mat­ters, in­clud­ing lake level fluc­tu­a­tions and the need to al­low for lake weed re­moval, are among con­sid­er­a­tions the ex­pert de­sign­ers and en­gi­neers work­ing on the de­tailed de­sign are tak­ing into ac­count.

It is im­por­tant to note that what has been shared to date is the con­cept, not de­tailed, de­sign. The de­tailed de­sign is not yet com­plete. How­ever, there is a lot of con­cept de­tail pub­licly avail­able on the coun­cil web­site www.ro­toru­alakescoun­cil.nz (go to “key projects” at the top of the home page, then to the lake­front de­vel­op­ment project page). Craig Tiri­ana Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ro­torua Lakes Coun­ciI In Thurs­day’s edi­tion of the Ro­torua Daily Post, a cor­re­spon­dent wrote in sug­gest­ing the pro­posed Lake­front up­grade should be put to a bind­ing ref­er­en­dum af­ter the “hoo-ha” that had arisen about it.

The cor­re­spon­dent ev­i­dently missed the coun­cil’s long-term plan doc­u­ment which ar­rived in their mail­box in March this year; this doc­u­ment gave ev­ery Ro­torua res­i­dent the abil­ity to have their say on the Lake­front up­grade.

For those who had their say on the Lake­front up­grade, 53 per cent voted in favour, with 47 per cent against.

So there we have it, the “hooha” can set­tle.

Not so fast. This, un­for­tu­nately, points to the larger is­sue at hand, the cor­re­spon­dent may be rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a large por­tion of our city who are keen to have their views heard on coun­cil mat­ters, but don’t know how, or don’t find the elected mem­bers are ac­ces­si­ble enough to make their views known kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face)

Progress is a good thing, Ro­torua needs to move with the times to en­sure that we re­main a place that peo­ple want to live, visit and in­vest in.

How­ever, if we don’t ac­tively lis­ten and act on our res­i­dents’ con­cerns, we risk split­ting our city lead­ing to elec­tions which pro­mote can­di­dates who ac­tively seek to cur­tail progress, in­stead of those who will bring ev­ery­one for­ward to­gether. (Abridged) Ryan Gray Ro­torua

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