MEDIA RELEASE: SWDC asks community – what’s on top?’ for future wellbeing of the district

16 September 2020

South Wairarapa District Council has launched its ‘What’s on Top?’ campaign to help identify what the priorities are for the district over the next 10 years, and beyond, to form its Long Term and Spatial Plans.

The campaign, aimed at residents, visitors, businesses, community groups, organisations, and the wider community, will provide the opportunity for people to voice what they think the council should prioritise to improve the wellbeing of the district.

South Wairarapa Mayor acknowledges that planning in uncertain times is a challenge and, now more than ever, it is essential we hear from those affected by council planning decisions.

“We have had to adapt the way we think, work and connect post-COVID-19, which brings opportunity but also challenge. We know people may now be, or could soon be, experiencing hardship and we want to ensure we do our best to support each other and not leave anyone behind.

“As a local council, we are responsible for improving the social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing of our community.

“We want to hear from people on what we should be focusing on, and how they want our district to look like in 30 years’ time. Having that long term vision about what we want to protect and where we want to develop will give direction to our activities over the next 10 years,” says Beijen.

The ‘What’s on top?’ engagement campaign is aimed at gaining early input into what will be formally consulted on in March/April next year for the Long Term Plan and Spatial Plan.

The Long Term Plan, last released in 2018 and updated every three years, sets the strategic direction for the district over the next 10 years and includes project priorities, budgets and rates forecasts. The Spatial Plan will set the blueprint on how we want the district to look in 30 years’ time.

Feedback can be given via our website here, by completing hard copy surveys available at council offices and libraries, or chatting to elected representatives when they’re out and about. A calendar of community events, including workshops, will be available on our website over the next week.


Media contact

Amy Wharram

027 252 2863

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