LOOK­ING BACK AND LOOK­ING FOR­WARD

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Mayor David Tre­wavas » dtre­[email protected]

to find out what's hap­pen­ing and when Here we are at the end of an­other year – amaz­ing! Time cer­tainly flies when you’re busy, and it sure has been a busy one for us at the coun­cil.

This year we have been look­ing at the way for­ward for us as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, with the po­ten­tial for­ma­tion of a cul­tural precinct in Taupō. This could see the re­de­vel­op­ment of an im­por­tant part of our town cen­tre and give the whole area a new look, feel and func­tion. The de­vel­op­ment around Story Place will be one of three con­sid­ered by the com­mu­nity mid-next year when the coun­cil de­cides where its ad­min­is­tra­tion func­tions should be based. Watch this space – we want your feed­back!

An­other big project for us this year was the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Otu­muheke Stream bathing area at Spa Ther­mal Park. It has been turned into an amaz­ing use­able space with in­fra­struc­ture that will pro­tect this taonga for years to come. I en­cour­age you to check it out.

We had some great news on the events front this year, with Taupō win­ning its bid to host the 2020 IRON­MAN World Cham­pi­onship. This will eas­ily be the big­gest event we have ever hosted, bring­ing an eco­nomic re­turn of $20 mil­lion to the dis­trict – about two-thirds of the re­turn the dis­trict’s events nor­mally gen­er­ate an­nu­ally. It’ll also mean around 5000 com­peti­tors, 13,5000 sup­port­ers and me­dia from around the world – we can’t wait! Although it seems far away, 2020 is just around the cor­ner and there’s lots to do be­fore then to en­sure our dis­trict shines for this event.

I feel like we’ve done our­selves proud in many ways this year. We fought for the re­ten­tion of Taupō’s res­cue chop­per and the Gov­ern­ment lis­tened – it re­mains in op­er­a­tion. Fan­tas­tic for the safety of our com­mu­nity and vis­i­tors. We also won the Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful large town award – and quite de­serv­ing, I think! It’s great to be recog­nised for the ef­fort our com­mu­nity puts into en­sur­ing we get to live in a beau­ti­ful place.

On the home front, we were named the top coun­cil in the coun­try for of­fer­ing a qual­ity cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence at the 2018 As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment Spring Con­fer­ence. It’s amaz­ing for our team to be recog­nised for go­ing the ex­tra mile for those who mat­ter the most – our com­mu­nity!

Re­flect­ing on the year is a good way to see how far we’ve come, and think about where we are head­ing. I think we’d all agree there’s plenty to look for­ward to in 2019.

Please look af­ter each other as you wel­come in the New Year, and we’ll see you in 2019.

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