Gar­den Rou­te Re­build plans

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Voorblad - S­te­fan Goo­sen

The Gar­den Rou­te Re­build I­ni­ti­a­ti­ve (GRRI) was broug­ht a­bout af­ter the Ju­ne fi­res to cre­a­te a sin­gle point of con­tact for the re­buil­ding of the Gar­den Rou­te, as not on­ly Knys­na was af­fected but ma­ny ot­her towns in its sur­rounds.

On 31 Oc­to­ber a pu­blic par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on meet­ing was held at the Knys­na town hall, with a­bout 50 re­si­dents, coun­sel­lors and of­fi­ci­als in at­ten­dan­ce.

Knys­na mu­ni­ci­pal ma­na­ger Kam C­het­ty star­ted off the ses­si­on by ex­plai­ning that the GRRI was a long-term i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve en­com­pas­sing the en­ti­re Gar­den Rou­te, buil­ding cru­ci­al re­la­ti­ons­hips be­t­ween the towns in the re­gi­on.

“This meet­ing is a­bout the sharing of i­de­as and we need the com­mu­ni­ty’s in­put to help us i­den­ti­fy the most im­por­tant a­re­as we need to fo­cus on – not on­ly to re­build the Gar­den Rou­te but to ma­ke it bet­ter,” he said. Dr Hil­de­gar­de Fast, chai­r­per­son of the i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve, rei­te­ra­ted C­het­ty’s sta­te­ment that the i­ni­ti­al meet­ings with the pu­blic was a­bout get­ting to­get­her i­de­as. “The GRRI fa­ci­li­ta­tes the in­vol­vement of nu­me­rous sta­ke­hol­ders. The GRRI can or­ga­ni­se re­sour­ces and fun­ding for ot­her i­ni­ti­a­ti­ves and pro­jects, but we need a plan going for­ward to pre­sent to our na­ti­o­nal sta­ke­hol­ders,” she said. Du­ring the meet­ing, pos­ters with all as­pects re­la­ted to the re­build we­re pla­ced al­ong the walls of the town hall, with ex­perts on hand to as­sist re­si­dents with their que­ries and i­de­as, which they we­re en­coura­ged to wri­te do­wn on spe­ci­al blank pos­ters.

Mo­re a­bout the GRRI

The GRRI needs to coor­di­na­te all sta­ke­hol­ders so that their ef­forts may be a­lig­ned and max­i­mi­sed. This in­clu­des the coor­di­na­ti­on of all fi­nan­ci­al re­que­sts in or­der to su­bmit an application to the Na­ti­o­nal Di­sas­ter Ma­na­ge­ment Fund.

Furt­her­mo­re, the­re are two pha­ses of the GRRI:

Ad­dres­sing the im­me­di­a­te cri­ses and for­ma­li­sing a pro­ject ma­na­ge­ment of­fi­ce to sup­port pro­jects.

To da­te, se­ven work­stre­ams ha­ve been es­ta­blis­hed, na­me­ly re­con­structi­on, in­fra­struc­tu­re, hu­ma­ni­ta­ri­an, skills de­ve­lop­ment, bu­si­ness sup­port, fun­ding and re­sour­ces, and en­vi­ron­men­tal ma­na­ge­ment.

Short-term in­ter­ven­ti­ons and pro­jects li­ke the re­mo­val of as­bes­tos-con­ta­mi­na­ted rub­ble, the fa­ci­li­ta­ti­on of short-term hou­sing so­lu­ti­ons and the sta­bi­li­sa­ti­on of slo­pes ha­ve al­re­a­dy star­ted, a­mong ot­hers.

The ti­me­li­ne for this pha­se star­ted in Ju­ly and will end in De­cem­ber.

Cal­led the “build back bet­ter” pha­se, it aims at long-term success.

The ob­jecti­ve of this pha­se is de­ve­lo­ping a long-term stra­tegy to re­vi­ta­li­se the e­co­nomy and “build back bet­ter”.

This pha­se in­clu­des set­ting an o­ver­all vi­si­on for re­spon­se and re­co­ve­ry, con­ducting a lands­ca­pe as­ses­sment to i­den­ti­fy po­ten­ti­al in­ter­ven­ti­ons, i­den­ti­fying flags­hip pro­jects, and com­mu­ni­ca­ting with the com­mu­ni­ty.

This pha­se should start by Ja­nu­a­ry 2018 and will con­ti­nue for­ward.

Re­si­dents we­re e­a­ger to wri­te do­wn i­de­as they had for the re­buil­ding of the Gar­den Rou­te.

P­ho­tos: S­te­fan Goo­sen

GRRI chair Dr Hil­de­gar­de Fast (left) and E­den di­sas­ter ma­na­ger Ger­hard Ot­to we­re on hand to as­sist re­si­dents at a pu­blic meet­ing on 31 Oc­to­ber in Knys­na town hall.

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