As­pi­ra­tions for Kin­loch tak­ing shape


A new rep­re­sen­ta­tive group aims to give voice to Kin­loch’s as­pi­ra­tions at the Taupo¯ District Coun­cil.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to meet the rep­re­sen­ta­tives at a meet­ing on Sun­day and share their thoughts on ideas like build­ing a foot­path to the new Po­plars sub­di­vi­sion, in­stalling goal­posts and bas­ket­ball hoops, and new toi­lets at the town’s Eastern Beach Re­serve.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive com­mit­tee com­prises three com­mu­nity mem­bers and three Taupo¯ District Coun­cil coun­cil­lors – Rosanne Jol­lands, Barry Hick­ling and Chris­tine Rankin.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers on the com­mit­tee are Bruce Camp­bell, Tim Brit­tain, and Belinda Walker, who is pres­i­dent of the Kin­loch Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion [KCA].

Walker said the rep­re­sen­ta­tive group would en­able the KCA – the sub­urb’s in­de­pen­dent ratepay­ers ad­vo­cacy group – to work more closely with coun­cil.

‘‘It’s a land­mark mo­ment for Kin­loch,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m re­ally con­fi­dent we’re go­ing to get some quick de­vel­op­ments pro­gressed.’’

A meet­ing be­ing held on Sun­day af­ter­noon should give lo­cal res­i­dents a chance to voice their con­cerns and find con­sen­sus on pri­or­i­ties fac­ing the town.

All Kin­loch res­i­dents with ideas are wel­come to at­tend, Walker said.

Top­ics to be dis­cussed in­clude traf­fic and safety, ameni­ties and re­cre­ation, town plan­ning, ed­u­ca­tion pro­vi­sions, plant­ing and pests, and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment. ‘‘We have an op­por­tu­nity to re­ally think about what it is that we cher­ish about the char­ac­ter of Kin­loch and what we need for Kin­loch to de­velop into a con­nected, vi­brant com­mu­nity,’’ Walker said.

‘‘The Kin­loch Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion can act like a voice and a feed­back loop for the rep­re­sen­ta­tive group.’’

Walker served as KCA sec­re­tary be­fore be­ing elected KCA pres­i­dent in Oc­to­ber.

Kin­loch Vi­sion and Strat­egy Meet­ing: Sun­day Novem­ber 12, Kin­loch Com­mu­nity Hall, Mata Place. 1pm to 4 pm. In­ter­ested Kin­loch res­i­dents with ideas to of­fer are in­vited to at­tend the 3-hour vi­sion and strat­egy meet­ing. Email KCAkin­loch@out­ to RSVP or for more in­for­ma­tion.

Belinda Walker, one of three Kin­loch Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers, in­vites Kin­loch res­i­dents to a com­mu­nity meet­ing on Sun­day.

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