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Keen to promote tourism

Last updated 09:51 29/11/2012

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OPINION: We were hopeful that the Kumeu i-Site would stay open but ATEED has had to make some difficult decisions to close several branches of its i-Site network.

The Kumeu area is a great place for local and international tourists, and we are keen to encourage tourism as part of our commitment to boosting economic development across Rodney.

We are keen to look into supporting other ideas that the community may have to keep promoting the area as a tourism destination.

● Deputations from nor-west representatives at this month's board meeting included Helensville Art Centre co-ordinator Pauline Mee's presentation and pamphlet on their activities and Helensville Lions Club member Stephen King speaking about a proposed fitness trail at Rautawhiri Park as part of the club's 50th anniversary celebrations.

● We can't satisfy more requests for the Rodney Local Board discretionary funds - but so many in the community are doing really good work.

Successful applications included:

Parent Aid Kaipara - $3431 towards creche services to enable caregivers to attend family violence programmes in Helensville.

Waimauku Playcentre - $2000 towards new shelving, family play equipment, crash mats and new carpet.

Waimauku Tennis Club - $1778 towards buying equipment to run the Grasshopper Tennis Sessions for under 11-year-olds.

● We agreed to establish a Parakai Recreation Reserve advisory working group in relation to the Ngati Whatua o Kaipara Treaty Settlement.

● Earlier this year Rodney Local Board agreed to fund two skate half-pipes that could be moved from park to park. We will instead be funding one half-pipe, one wedge ledge and one double tier manual pad.

● We acknowledge the successful recipients of our 2012 scholarship awards - Joshua James of Kaipara College, Courtney Brierly of Rodney College, Elizabeth Collings and Rachael Wilson of Mahurangi College. Each student receives $2000.

● We had a positive discussion night with stakeholders featuring nor-west residents and ratepayers associations and some business groups as part of the development of the Auckland Unitary Plan.

It is a key tool for creating the world's most liveable city.

I am one of four chairs in the political working party for the plan.

The stakeholders meetings will give the groups confidence to engage with the plan in the lead-up to informal public consultation between March and June 2013.

As part of the direction-setting for the unitary plan, a Rural Urban Boundary needs to be established for our districts to keep the character of our towns and villages, including Kumeu-Huapai, which is a rural coastal township.

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● Read a newsletter on the local board's website, aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rodney or find a link on the Facebook page.

● What's happening at grassroots level? Nor-west residents are welcome to make appointments on the first Saturday of the month at the Helensville or Kumeu service centres to meet local board members.

- Norwest News

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