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Residents group wants new faces and ideas

KARINA ABADIA
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2013

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What kind of place would you like Remuera to become under the unitary plan?

That's the question Iain Valentine will be putting to people who live in the area.

The chairman of the newly established Remuera Residents Association says people should join together because a collective voice is much more likely to be heard.

"It's important people are connected to what is happening at a local board level, particularly in terms of issues which affect the area that they may not be aware of," he says.

The former Remuera Community Committee held its last annual meeting on July 30. Members agreed to change the name of the group and the rules.

Former High Court judge Peter Salmon is treasurer and Brett Murray is secretary.

Mr Valentine is a longtime member of the Rotary Club and says he has always tried to help build a vibrant community in Remuera.

Core members of the association have formed a working group to prepare for the February launch.

A list of priorities has been established which will be discussed at the meeting.

Residents will be asked to list the top three issues they would like the organisation to focus on. They will also be asked to indicate whether they want to be directly involved in particular issues.

Suggestions include advocating for speed bumps along Omahu Rd and lowering the speed limit on Remuera Rd between Kings School and Orakei Rd.

Other ideas include an exercise area or fitness trail and a public noticeboard.

The association hopes to attract members from different ethnic backgrounds, vocations and ages, Mr Valentine says. It also aims to establish a consensus on what should be contained in a collective Unitary Plan submission.

The first general meeting will be on February 18, 7.30pm at St Paul's Methodist Church, 12 St Vincent Ave, Remuera.

Email chairremueraresidents @gmail.com for information.

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- East And Bays Courier

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