Looking forward: plenty to rally for

Last updated 09:04 22/02/2013
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Last year was the year of campaigns - to get red land green and green land red, to save Centennial Pool, and to relocate the city's prostitutes.

This year, new projects are likely to steal the limelight.

As the rebuild carries on, there is plenty to consider and a lot to debate as the new city takes shape. Just as one pro- ject kicks off, another fades into our memory bank.

Hot topics this year include the future use of the Avon corridor, which uses red-zone land along the Avon River. Lots of ideas have been mooted for this piece of prime city land - gardens, exercise tracks, cycleways, reserves, and native forest.

The Government owns this land and will make the final decision about its future use.

Consider what you and your family would like this land to be used for. Keep up to date with the issue and ideas by visiting ccc.govt.nz.

The New Brighton water park is also at the forefront of discussions. It has the backing of many in the community who would like to see Brighton become a destination.

Visit newbrightonwater park.co.nz to sign a petition.

A project which may garner public support this year is a proposal for an inner-city railway, with light rail would providing public transport.

Little progress has been made since the plan was first discussed. It received a lukewarm response from Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee, but the council confirmed continued support for the idea last year.

The coastal cycleway is still under serious discussion. Some want to see wide access for bikes, while others want to keep it pedestrian friendly.

Supporters would like to see it run from the city to Sumner.

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