Hutt at Heart

Making connections and sharing ideas – new forum closes

Over the past six weeks we’ve asked everyone who works, lives and plays in Lower Hutt to find out more about our major projects, and share their thoughts and ideas.

All going to Plan launched on 4 March with a focus on spending in Hutt City Council’s Long Term Plan 2018-2028. It officially closed on Monday 15 April. Around 200 individuals registered and participated in the forum, with more than 3,000 users taking a look at the site.

Mayor Ray Wallace says the ‘trial and test’ of digital engagement is a step in the right direction for the council.

“The forum was a very helpful test that will help us weigh up future options for engaging the community.

“Traditional approaches of public meetings or providing written submissions can be time consuming, inconvenient, and off-putting. The Council exists for community outcomes, and we need to be available to hear what the community want and need in lots of different ways.”

A broad range of suggestions were posted in a Share an Idea forum – from a standing surf wave facility in Te Awa Kairangi, to fixing congestion, and adapting kerbside recycling bins. Many areas are already underway in existing plans – including the Council’s waste management system review and work to consider a Cross Valley Transport Connection.

Comments and ideas in All going to Plan will now be considered by Council managers before being passed on for review by the Council’s Community Plan Committee on Wednesday 8 May. At this stage, the ideas will not be formally progressed for funding approval this year as Council intends to keep to the long term plan confirmed in 2018, with the exception of urgent and/or unforeseen issues. However, the themes and ideas will have widespread use across Council teams as guidance for community perceptions. After input and discussion on 8 May ideas may be formally included as part of  future corporate planning and budget decisions.

Want to keep having your say? At any time of the year, you can share your input with your local ward councillor, your community board or community panel, as well as directly to council teams.

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