New members of the ACLG
After receiving some excellent applications from very highly skilled and passionate community members, the following 12 individuals were selected as being able to most suitable to represent the diverse communities within Arataki:
- Ian Armstrong
- Stephen Bird
- Shelley Blakey
- Megan Clarkin
- David Henderson
- Karen Laidlaw
- Janie de Malmanche
- Jill Parsons
- Sophie Te Moni
- Linda Thompson
- John Waretini
- Jo Wills
We also have great support from mana whenua, who will be crucial to helping us reach out to our communities and share valuable insight.
A facilitated workshop was held on Tuesday, 27 October 2020 where our new members of the ACLG were able to meet each other and talk about how the new group will operate.
They agreed on some principles to work by which will help them develop supportive and respectful relationships within the group and with other service delivery agencies.
There was a general consensus around the benefits of listening to the community early and using that local insight to help influence to decision-making. The finer details around exactly how this will happen will be discussed at the ACLG’s very first meeting on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.
Staff from TCC and other service delivery agencies are going to be presenting a summary to the ACLG of what projects will be impacting the Arataki area over the next 10 years, as well as a brief update on what works have been completed in recent times. This will help the group to understand what the initial focus of their first few meetings will be on.
If you would like to stay up to date with what is being discussed at the ACLG meetings, you can sign up to the Arataki E-newsletter or get in touch with one of the members on this Group so they can share your views.
Expression of interest process
Applications for expressions of interest closed on 9 October 2020. We received 20 applications from members of the community and want to thank all of you who took the time to submit an application.
Over the last 10 years, Arataki has transformed considerably. Bayfair has expanded, the population has grown with people moving to the Bay of Plenty and recent Bayfair to Baypark/State Highway 2 improvements have increased the volume of traffic passing through this area significantly.
These challenges have affected the community of Arataki and those who visit the area. We plan to deliver transport infrastructure that will support this growth by improving safety, convenience and journey times for people walking, biking, using mobility scooters and taking the bus.
Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency have projects underway to improve the transport network in Arataki and Tauranga as a whole. Within this programme, the Arataki bus facility is one of the key projects with an aim to provide a safe, attractive and functional space for people to access public transport.
On 21 July 2020, the Urban Form and Transport Committee received a report on the Arataki bus facility. A resolution was made to “Engage with a joint stakeholder reference group and broader community on the multi-modal options and their implications for transport facilities in the Arataki area”. The Arataki Community Liaison Group will be the platform for these discussions.
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