A survey, designed to get to the heart of community wellbeing in Tauranga City, has been extended until the end of the month.
“We’re getting such insightful feedback we really want to keep the conversation flowing,” said Ross Hudson, Tauranga City Council Places & Spaces Planning Team Leader.
“In particular, we’ve had a great response from people in Papamoa, Arataki and the Mount, which is awesome, but we’d love to hear more from people in other areas of the city.”
So far, the survey, which asks about community centres in the city, shows overwhelming support for more investment in neighbourhood and specialist centres. The types of specialist centres people would most like to see include a youth centre, arts centre, and cultural hub. Suggestions for services include walk-in health clinics, support groups for young parents, budgeting advice, and speed dating.
“We’re also hearing our centres should be more inclusive of young people, LGBTQI+, disabled people and ethnic communities,” Ross said.
Overall, he says the early feedback confirms community centres play a vital role in the wellbeing of many neighbourhoods in lots of different ways,
“We’ve heard that community centres provide a place for inspiring ideas and discussion, a place you can go when things get tough and a place for elders to socialise. We’ve heard they provide space for initiatives that bring communities and cultures together and that they should belong to the community.”
This aligns with feedback from the community during the Council’s recent long term plan engagement, which was that different types of community centres were needed to meet the growing needs of the city.
“At the moment most of our centres are used for play and recreation, which is great, but there’s room for so much more. It’s exciting to see people’s ideas and perspectives on how we can grow our centres to meet the needs of our growing communities,” Ross said.
Once the Council has heard what matters most to its communities, it’ll put together a plan for short, medium and longer-term actions to improve community centres and prioritise investment across the city.
Share your feedback before 30 November and go in the draw to win one of five $100 prezzy cards.