What is a Community Plan?
Every neighbourhood and community is different; each with their own unique identity and special characteristics. A Community Plan is the voice of the community – it highlights their goals and aspirations, and how we will achieve them.
Why is it important?
Our unique neighbourhoods and communities are what make Waihi Beach a fantastic place to live, work and play. A Community Plan will help preserve the areas that the community think are most special and outline ways which we will enhance and develop them to create a community for those who live there and what they want for the future.
What area does it cover?
Waihi Beach includes, North End, Bowentown, Pio Shores, Athenree and the rural area all the way to the state highway. If you live, work or play in any of these areas we want to hear from you.
Who should be involved?
Everyone! Every person in our communities contributes to what makes it unique. We want to hear from you – tell us what makes your community special and what your dreams and aspirations are for your community.
What can I get from this?
Many communities in Western Bay have undertaken this process and found it to be a very rewarding and positive experience. It's a great way to connect with other people in the community and potentially help implement some of the projects that are decided upon. Te Puna recently completed their community plan in 2017.
What is it used for?
The community will identify actions to be carried out to achieve an overall vision. This plan will help guide Council, government departments, businesses, visitors, new people to the area and individuals living in the area, to understand the direction that community is heading for in the future.
It will help the community know what the key priorities are, who is working towards them and how to get involved.
What happens next?
As this Plan is a living document, it will need to be revisited often so that it remains current and aligned with community aspirations. As such, the Action Plan will be reviewed and revised over the lifetime of the Plan.
To ensure that the Plan stays on track, the Community Board will publish an annual Performance Statement showing what actions have been implemented (and those that have not) and the outcomes achieved as a result. The Plan will also be reviewed every three years.