Following community feedback, Hauraki District Council has scaled back its plans to invest $2.7million in a Waihi streetscape.
Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says the decision is one of a number of important choices the community helped the Council make during its Long Term Plan consultation process (Alice in Our Place / Nā Alice i tā mātou rohe) earlier this year.
“We received some great suggestions and comments, which really helped with our decision-making. We’ve listened to everyone’s thoughts and ideas and taken them into consideration,” he said.
Waihi town centre $1.2million refresh
In Waihi, Council was keen to upgrade Seddon Street between Gilmour Street and Rosemont Road, and along Rosemont Road to Kenny Street, but the community said there were other improvements in the town centre that could be done for less than the price of a full streetscape.
“Based on what we heard, we made a decision to invest $1.2million on smaller projects to refresh the Waihi town centre instead,” the Mayor said.
Green light for Paeroa top up and Hauraki Rail Trail extension
Other projects in the plan that got the green light from local communities include the inclusion of an extra $500,000 to continue upgrading Mackay and Wharf Streets in Paeroa, and a proposal to build a $1.47million scenic extension to the Hauraki Rail Trail alongside the Ōhinemuri River from Goldfields Railway into the Waihi town centre.
District-wide town promotion
The Council also proposed a different approach to town promotion across the district.
“We wanted to hire a district-wide coordinator to help promote our towns and businesses and support community groups and organisations to put on events. After considering the feedback, we’ve decided to go ahead with this idea and will look to employ someone this year. We’ll still provide funding of $12,000 per year each for Positive Paeroa, GO Waihi and Positively Promoting the Plains,” the Mayor said.
Visitor information services on the Plains
For the first time, the Plains Ward will also receive annual funding for visitor information services in the area. Previously the Council has only provided funding for information services in Waihi and Paeroa,
“Our communities told us they wanted funding for information services in all of our wards, so we’ve allowed $65,000 per year each for visitor information services in Paeroa and Waihi, and $20,000 per year for the Plains,” said the Mayor.
Lots of other feedback
The Council received lots of other feedback on many other topics and will be sending individual replies to submitters during July, on the points they submitted on.
“Keep an eye on your letterbox, inbox, or our Facebook page over the next few weeks for an individual response from us to any issues you’ve raised and how we’re tackling them in our long term plan – your long term plan,” the Mayor said.
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