This meeting was held on Monday 17th October, 7.30pm at the Newtown Hall in Daniell Street, and these were some of the main topics.
WCC Newtown Liaison Officer and Newtown office
It was announced that Ray Tuffin has been appointed to this position. He has a business and community background, and will be starting on 31st October. We are looking forward to welcoming him to his new role. WCC is planning to lease a Newtown Office, and this was mentioned in a WCC Resiliency Newsletter.
Neighbours’ Day is approaching – 25th – 26th March. We discussed possible events we might initiate, a small group is to consider further. Application for funding needs to go to Council by the end of the month – 28/10.
Airport Runway submission
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Wellington City Council (WCC) have prepared reports on the resource consent application for the Wellington International Airport runway extension, which are available here. We decided to apply to be a party to the Environment Court proceedings, when the time comes.
Discussion of playgrounds in Newtown, and the use of the Town Belt. Noted Carrara Park playground is on the cover of the consultation document. Submissions close 5pm 18th November. To consider further.
Tom Law reported that when cars were being interfered with and broken into over a few weeks a month or two ago there were complaints that the Police were not around. However in fact the Police were involved with undercover patrols, and the Community Patrol were also keeping an eye on things. The Police worked well in catching a suspected offender. Tom is happy to hear from people interested in joining the Community Patrol.
Community Engagement Planning
This is the process for gathering community views on the redevelopment of community facilities in Newtown, and coming up with a plan for how the funds set aside in the Long Term Plan should be spent. NRA has committed to taking a lead role in coordinating the community engagement process, and we agreed a planning group of NRA members and Newtown Community Centre people would workshop ideas for how to take this forward.
Congratulations to Wellingtonian of the Year nominees.
Martin Hanley and Anna Kemble Welch have been nominated in recognition of their 22 years involvement with the Newtown Festival. The meeting expressed hearty congratulations and good wishes to them both.
Next meeting: Monday November 21st 2016, 7.30 pm at the Newtown Hall, 71 Daniell St.