Spotlight on Rodney

16:00, Feb 05 2014
Rodney Spotlight
FAMILIAR FACES: Kumeu subdivision members of the Rodney Local Board Phelan Pirrie, Brenda Steele, Thomas Grace and Warren Flaunty.

What do you like about where you live?

Now is your chance to share your thoughts and help shape your future at the first ever Rodney in the Spotlight Expo at the Kumeu Showgrounds on February 15 from 10am to 4pm.

Residents and business people will get the chance to meet face-to-face with Rodney Local Board members and Auckland Council staff during the event.

The board is looking for feedback on its plan to create a strategic vision for the area and set priorities for the next three years and beyond.

Details up for discussion include estimated costs and time frames for key projects including swimming facilities in north Rodney, a community hub in the Helensville Service Centre and a boat ramp, launching and mooring facilities.

Board chairwoman Brenda Steele says the concept of sharing information and educating each other about the district's projects and objectives is exciting and mind blowing.


"Rodney residents, who are mainly rural, relate better face-to-face than on a phone/computer conversation. We still have that approach," she says.

"Our community can meet council staff, officers and all the different arms who work in our districts."

Mrs Steele says its important for residents to have input into the Rodney Local Board Plan.

"It moves forward and keeps us on track with our community directions - we can't go off on a tangent."

Mrs Steele says the creation of a super-city has been hard for some people to get their heads around, especially residents used to having regular contact with familiar council staff under the old ward system.

"We want to improve and give our community the security and feel they've got direction as this is the new Auckland.

"The goal is to spread information and ensure they're getting the right tools."

But the expo will not just be a talkfest.

It will feature workshops and presentations, family activities, entertainment and fundraising stands.

Kumeu was chosen as a venue because it is the largest growing satellite township in the Rodney area.

Warkworth will also host an expo on March 1 at Mahurangi College Hall.

The final Rodney Local Board Plan will be adopted on October 31. Go to aucklandcouncil. for more information.

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