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malcolm@tawalink.com
027 232 2320
SERVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY WELL ..... .


“Working hard for the whole Northern Ward”





RECENT PROJECTS/ACHIEVEMENTS:

WELLINGTON NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOLS' CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
The Wellington North Primary Schools' Citizenship Awards, an annual event, were initiated by me in 2015. An award is presented by the Mayor to one senior student in each of nine local schools in Johnsonville, Churton Park, Newlands and Paparangi at a special end-of-year ceremony.
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PLANS TO REVITALISE TAWA TOWN CENTRE
$1m has been set aside in Council's Long Term Plan to upgrade the Tawa town centre. A combination of work behind the scenes by Deputy Mayor Justin Lester and me, along with strong lobbying from Vibrant Tawa (aka the Tawa Residents' Association) saw this brought forward to the recently-completed 2016-17 Annual Plan. A great result for the local community! Discussions with local business people and Vibrant Tawa representatives as to the best ways to upgrade the town centre are continuing.
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SECURING FUNDING TO FENCE DOG EXERCISE AREAS
I gained the support of fellow councillors in securing funding in the Long Term Plan to fence three dog exercise areas over three years. The first has been completed at Ian Galloway Park, Wilton, and is proving to be very popular. In the 2016-17 financial year the proposal is to fence the dog exercise area at Sinclair Park in Houghton Bay. The following year will be the turn of one of the existing dog parks in the Northern Suburbs.
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PROMOTING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE ACROSS THE CITY
My role as Portfolio Leader for Community Resilience is to promote "emergency preparedness" at the residential level (amongst other things). In practical terms I have been actively encouraging residents to procure their own 200L emergency water tanks.
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS FOR INDIVIDUAL SUBURBS
I am fully supportive of WREMO's (Wellington Region Emergency Management) work with individual communities to draw up Community Response Plans specific to their own suburbs. A number have already been completed.


OTHER PROJECTS/ACHIEVEMENTS:

Approving the multi-million dollar convention centre/movie museum - incredibly exciting for Wellington!

Actively supporting the proposed new library in Johnsonville. More than $16.5m has been set aside to fund this project which is scheduled for completion in 2018.

Advocating on behalf of residents in regard to WCC's proposals for MDRH (Medium Density Residential Housing) in both Tawa and in Newlands.

Making good progress towards resolving the issue of unacceptable odours from Spicer Landfill, not denying the reality there's still more work to be done!

NZTA's announcement that neither of their mooted highway options, to widen SH1 through Tawa or to construct a new highway through the Takapu Valley, was deemed necessary.

Supporting the Bikes in Schools scheme in the likes of Holy Cross School in Miramar, West Park School in Johnsonville and Hampton Hill in Tawa.

Regular liaison with residents' groups in the northern suburbs.

Coordinating 45-50 Neighbours' Day events in Tawa each March and attending others in neighbouring suburbs.

Giving practical support to the establishment of a new community garden in Tawa.

Communicating regularly with local residents by means of a monthly email newsletter sent to more than 1250 interested people.
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