Published: 18 February 2020
Aucklanders are invited to shape the future of their communities, as local boards kick off engagement for their three year plans.
The first round of engagement on the plans is a chance to submit ideas for the areas you live, work and visit, and will run until the end of March.
People can do that via a new online tool, which is now live.
“In June, we will be calling for people’s formal feedback on draft local board plans, but first we want the community’s input so our teams will be out and about across the region over the next few months doing just that,” says Louise Mason, General Manager Local Board Services at Auckland Council.
She says communities have told us they want to be engaged earlier in the process.
“As well as talking with us and local board members face to face, we have improved the online experience so now people can join the conversation by posting their ideas, uploading photos and videos as well as commenting on other people’s ideas.”
Love local, get vocal
You can show your love for your local community by getting vocal and going to akhaveyoursay.co.nz/lovelocal to post an idea, or details about local opportunities to talk with your local board, the current local board plan and other background information.
About local board plans
Local board plans are strategic, three-year plans. The consultation enables local boards to identify and prioritise the key outcomes, initiatives and projects that are of most value to their communities.
This information will be considered as each of the 21 local boards draft their plans for the 2020-2023 period, for publication at the end of this year.
They will include focus areas or outcomes for the local boards to concentrate on, such as transport, the environment, diversity, working with mana whenua, local economic development, climate issues and ensuring local community facilities, parks etc meet the needs of their communities.
About local boards
Local boards provide governance at the local level within Auckland Council. They enable democratic decision-making by, and on behalf of communities within the local board area.
There are 21 local boards with between five and nine members elected to each board (149 local board members in total).
Local boards are charged with decision-making on local issues, activities and services, and provide input into regional strategies, policies, plans and decisions.