Phase one - Albert-Eden plan update
Thank you to everyone who shared ideas, insights and gave feedback on what the Albert-Eden Local Board should include in their next three-year plan. It has been great to hear from you and see your creative ideas and passion for your communities and neighbourhoods.
Who we heard from
We met with local community leaders and organised 19 opportunities to hear from our communities. These were in partnership with local groups and organisations including the Ethnic Community Leaders’ Forum, Albert-Eden Youth Board, Asian Network Inc., Auckland Central Chinese Community Coalition, Epsom Chinese Association, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Nga Maungarongo, Waterview Primary School, Mt Albert Primary School, the Balmoral Chinese Business Association, Aria Park Retirement Village and the Sandringham Project in Community Empowerment (SPiCE).
We also heard many of your views at 16 face to face events and received feedback through three surveys coordinated by community groups. We also surveyed Albert-Eden Local Board residents through the Auckland People’s Panel and gathered your ideas here on our online ideas hub.
In total we received over 900 contributions from around 840 people.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, some of our community events didn’t go ahead. We look forward to continuing the conversation now and in the future.
What you said
These are some of the key themes we heard from all the feedback received:
- you value the diversity and sense of community in Albert-Eden and want to continue to strengthen community connections through inclusive events for all ages. You also want more opportunities for cultural and social exchange
- community wellbeing is important to you. You want to see more support for young people, volunteers, community and safety initiatives
- you value culture, heritage, and the arts and would like our local Māori heritage to be more visible. Promoting local arts and cultural expression is important to the community
- being able to move around Albert-Eden easily and safely is important to you. You want to see more cycleways, safety for pedestrians, frequent and accessible public transport and less traffic
- you value our parks and open spaces and want to see a wider range of play equipment and spaces for active and passive recreation.
- protecting and enhancing our environment is important to you and you'd like more opportunities to be actively involved. Businesses, schools and community groups told us you want to do more to protect our birds, plants and waterways and address climate change
- you want community facilities that meet the needs of our changing population, and provide more diverse activities for people of all ages and cultures.
- you want to promote the unique character of our town centres to ensure our local economy is strong. Local businesses want parking issues around shops addressed and businesses supported through local development initiatives
- Keeping informed and engaged with our decision-making processes is important to you. You want our public engagement to be more accessible to all of our communities.
What happens next?
We have yet to fully determine the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our communities and it may mean some of our plans and aspirations may need to change as a result. Our response will be delivered via the annual budgeting process but the decisions we make will focus on ensuring benefits for our community.
In July we will come back to you with an opportunity to have your say on the draft Albert-Eden Local Board Plan. We will be back in touch when phase two opens.
Consultation has concluded