Community Funding Panels are voluntary and operate across four wards – Eastern, Western, Northern and Central.
They make decisions on how to spend two funds. The Local Engagement Fund for local community engagement activities and the Projects Fund, to spend on community assets that haven’t been funded in Council’s Long Term Plan.
Each panel has five nonelected members. A Council officer also attends meetings but they’re very much driven by the panel. They’re a great way to mentor, coach and introduce new people to local government.
In the past the Panels have funded three AED’s around the Naenae community, located at Te Mangangu Marae, Waiwhetu Marae and Naenae Bowling Club, a fully accessible ‘Changing Places toilet’ (a restroom facility that’s suitable for children and adults with high or complex needs), park equipment, two emergency generators, an extension of a basketball court, four water fountains and a new skate park.
Wendy Moore, Council’s Divisional Manager of Strategy and Planning, says “the success of the Community Funding Panels has shown this model can work, which is why we’re asking for Expressions of Interest.”
“The people who have been on our panels have come from a range of backgrounds, with a variety of interests which has helped us to understand where our community is coming from and what matters to them.”
We’re asking for Expressions of Interest from people of all backgrounds. What we’re looking for is commitment and a passion for your local community. For more information, or to apply, please go to Snaphire.