20 August 2018
The Patearoa community has set the wheels in motion to review and renew its Community Plan this year.
The Patearoa and Upper Taieri's first community plan was developed in 2007. Its development was facilitated by Council staff, but the ongoing ownership and drive has come from the local community.
Over the past 11 years this community has achieved the vast majority of the actions listed with its plan, including:
- Successfully advocating for the improvement of services in the area;
- David McKee Wright's heritage stories are now proudly on display in the Patearoa Town Hall and storyboards have been erected as places of interest;
- A walkway upgrade and a pedestrian bridge completed adjacent the village;
- The community has regular events and interactions, and has an active community email network;
- Some local famers have taken on the interim role to test and monitor water quality in local rivers and tributaries;
- Water metering and improved LED street lighting has been installed; and
- The Patearoa community now has its own promotional brochure that tells and celebrates its unique stories;
- Information boards erected at some sites of historic significance in Patearoa village.
Spokesperson Gaylene Flamank said community representatives are now keen to review and develop a new community plan for their area.
There are new and interesting projects that representatives would like to explore and gauge interest from the community on. Among them: erecting further information boards highlighting sites of historic interest; developing the School site; improving roading in the Patearoa and surrounding environs.
There are also a number of new residents who have moved into the area since the development of the last community plan, so the sub-committee is very keen to hear from this group.
The plan is to conduct a community survey in September, followed by a workshop in November to tease out community values and potential project activities, with the aim of developing a draft of a second-edition plan by early 2019.