In 2013 I outlined some of my priorities for Wainuiomata. Let’s go through each of them and see what’s happened over the last 3 years…
A vision for Wainuiomata
In 2014 we started the process for creating a development plan and vision for Wainuiomata. A group was formed from a number of different sectors in the community to lead the process.
While creating the plan there was a focus on making sure that it reflected how people want to see Wainuiomata in 5, 10, and 20 years’ time.
In June 2015 the plan was presented back to the community where it received overwhelming positive feedback (see it here). Since then we have been successfully implementing a number of its key areas
My focus is now on making sure we keep moving in the right direction so changes that help make Wainuiomata a more vibrant place keep happening!
A safe walk and cycle way on the Wainuiomata Hill
In 2015 we installed the much anticipated Pukeatua Bridge which sits at the summit of the Wainuiomata Hill.
We were also able to secure funding from NZTA to build a four metre wide (barrier protected) path on both sides of the Wainuiomata Hill, connected by the Pukeatua Bridge. This is a big project which is currently underway expected to be completed by mid-2017.
Once completed, all of this work will transform our Hill into a real asset which is safer for walkers, cyclists and drivers.
Clean up our waterways
A lot of work has been done by the Hutt City Council’s environmental and waste water team over the past three years.
This has resulted in locating and fixing a number of locations where waste was making its way into our storm water system, and ultimately our river. There has also been an increased push on education with residents in both our rural and urban communities.
These initiatives have helped to clean up our river to a point where it was safe to swim at popular spots throughout the entire summer of 2015/16 – Something we haven’t seen for a number of years.
By no means have we won this battle yet, there is still a lot that can and must be done to help clean up and protect our waterways.
Grow our population
Since 2013 we’ve seen a number of significant subdivisions get off the ground. With the end of Wise Street and Parkway being the two most significant.
An important part of getting these developments started has been Council investing in our infrastructure. We have managed to secure $1.5m in extending Wise Street, and more funding to ultimately link it up with Wellington Road.
Significant funds have also been budgeted to improve and develop our underground pipe (sewage, storm water) network to encourage and allow for further development.
There has been a big push to promote Wainuiomata as a great place to live and raise a family that offers good affordable homes.
Statistics show we are moving in the right direction with more people coming to Wainuiomata to put down their roots!
Other projects and initiatives:
Expansion and upgrade of The Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance
Upgrade of the Wainuiomata Memorial Hall
Construction of the Wainuiomata Hill Viewing Platform
Hill Top #PukeatuaChallenge Project
Funding for Youth Inspire, Mayors Taskforce for Jobs
Upgrade of the Parkway Park Childrens Playground (pg 2) (to be completed by end of 2016)
Installation of lights and upgrade of the Wise Park Basketball Court (pg 5) (to be completed Nov 2016)
Welcome to Wainuiomata Project (to be completed Oct 2016)