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We Want Your Thoughts

Com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is a very im­por­tant part of Coun­cil’s de­ci­sion mak­ing. It means Coun­cil and peo­ple talk­ing to­gether to share ideas and build un­der­stand­ing. Over the next month or so we will be seek­ing your thoughts on three draft Strate­gies:

Draft Do­mes­tic Sus­tain­abil­ity Strat­egy - Coun­cil wants homes to be more sus­tain­able. This draft Strat­egy is about what we can do to help res­i­dents make bet­ter de­ci­sions about do­mes­tic en­ergy, wa­ter and waste. This will give peo­ple healthy homes, en­vi­ron­ments and wal­lets. Draft Her­itage Strat­egy – Coun­cil wants peo­ple to un­der­stand and ap­pre­ci­ate the past. The draft Strat­egy sug­gests how we can pro­tect our her­itage and tell sto­ries about our whaka­papa. It is also about how Coun­cil can sup­port own­ers of her­itage prop­erty, par­tic­u­larly earth­quake prone build­ings.

Draft Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Strat­egy - Coun­cil wants it to be easy for busi­nesses to set up, in­vest and grow here. This will lead to more jobs, and peo­ple hav­ing a bet­ter qual­ity of life. We are re­view­ing our Eco­nomic Well-Be­ing Strat­egy. We are not propos­ing ma­jor changes but sug­gest more em­pha­sis is put on Coun­cil sup­port­ing our eco­nomic pri­or­ity sec­tors (ed­u­ca­tion, re­search, ware­hous­ing, trans­port, tourism, health, de­fence, and Gov­ern­ment sec­tor). For more in­for­ma­tion on when and how to have your say on th­ese please check our web­site:­coun­cil/con­sul­ta­tions-ini­tia­tives- and-projects/

Re­cently we have been out seek­ing peo­ples’ views on lots of dif­fer­ent top­ics – in­clud­ing our An­nual Plan, how to de­velop the Lin­klater Re­serve, the high ropes con­fi­dence course, the best site for He Ara Ko­tahi Manawatū River Pedes­trian and Cy­cle Bridge, the District Plan, im­prov­ing the City’s net­work of tree plant­ings, how we should use events to cre­ate a vi­brant city cen­tre and strong sense of com­mu­nity, how much park­ing space we should have and where, waste and fire by­laws, and more... We re­ceived lots of dif­fer­ent feed­back on all th­ese top­ics and it all helped Coun­cil make bet­ter de­ci­sions. That is why we keep ask­ing for your views. And re­mem­ber you can al­ways talk with the Mayor or a Coun­cil­lor about any topic you are in­ter­ested in – their con­tact de­tails on this page.

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