MIL OSI – Source: Greater Wellington Regional Council – 10 year plan for Wellington region released for consultation Residents from the greater Wellington region are being urged to have their say about what major projects should be funded in their communities over the next 10years. Open days are being held around the region through March and April where Councillors and staff will help the public understand what is included in Greater Wellington Regional Council’s draft 10 Year Plan 2015-25. Visitors to the open days will have the opportunity to identify the projects they think should be prioritised through a novel voting system set up for the occasion. There are currently six main projects in the draft plan and council Chair Fran Wilde says it’s important that these ideas are tested with the public before they are locked into place. “We’ve identified what we believe are the priorities, locally and regionally, and included them in the draft 10 Year Plan. Now we need our communities to tell us what they think,” she says. The six main projects are:
- Investing in public transport infrastructure to improve service levels
- Implementing major initiatives to increase the number of public transport users
- Increasing programmes aimed at getting more people walking, cycling, carpooling and using public transport
- Taking a strong leadership role in ensuring improved water quality across the region
- Investing in flood protection infrastructure to protect the community from flood risk
- Increasing the region’s ability to withstand an emergency, particularly through a number of projects to provide emergency water following a major event.