Have your say on creating a new community

Last updated 07:54 03/08/2012

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The floor is now open for those with ideas for two new community facilities in Westgate.

Auckland Council has begun public consultation to find out what people want for the major investment and redevelopment now under way as part of the transformation of Auckland's north west.

A state-of-the-art library is being built in the new town centre at Westgate where the Massey Library in Don Buck Rd will relocate when finished in early 2014.

The space at the existing library will be available for community use.

Council wants to know what the community would like to see happen in that space as well as the planned new multi-million-dollar Westgate Community Centre which will be in the town centre's park.

Westgate is a key growth point for the region and its transformation will have significant benefits for surrounding communities. As part of the consultation process the council is inviting people to make submissions or to attend one of a series of workshops and interviews which will be conducted.

Feedback forms are available at Massey Library and the council's Huapai Service Centre.

People can also have their say online.

Henderson Massey Local Board chairwoman Vanessa Neeson is thrilled. "This is a great opportunity to ensure the community is well taken care of for the next 30 years and I hope as many people as possible make submissions," she says.

"We will also be engaging youth through social media and working with the West Youth Council."

The transformation of Auckland's north west extends from Westgate in Henderson and Massey, through Hobsonville and onto Hobsonville Point in Upper Harbour where a new community is being created.

About 3000 new homes and two schools are being built.

Ferry services to central Auckland from Hobsonville Point are expected to start early next year.

Go to aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/northwest for more information.

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