The public has spoken as to the future direction of West Otago.
Recently West Otago representatives and Clutha District Council members held an organisational performance report and consultation to further discuss strategic direction into promoting living and working in the district.
The consultation, known as the Our Place —West Otago scheme, received more than 1200 feedback items from the community, all of which were relevant in forming the basis of the consultation material. West Otago ward councillor Lloyd McCall said there were various options, but there were categorical focus points that the feedback items fell under. ‘‘The main aspect was opportunities for development, underlining further housing in the district.
‘‘The other was community facilities, including the West Otago Community Centre and the Black and Whiskey Gully domains,’’ Mr McCall said.
Mr McCall said the consultation process was very well attended, and 49% of Tapanui residents responded to the consultation. ‘‘We’re a very proactive place here in West Otago. We have a well supported community that thrives on taking ownership and getting things done.’’
Other aspects including improving recreation, walking and cycling trails and a greenwaste initiative were also taken into consideration.
The Hancox Park in Tapanui was an area briefly mentioned in regards to possible future residential housing, but had a relatively even split in those who were for or against the idea.
Additional subdivisions in areas throughout the township could be a possibility for future residential housing as well, Mr McCall said.
Mr McCall outlined that the focus areas that the community had contributed to would now be in the implementation phase.
‘‘This is when we start bringing things out of the melting pot and knuckle down on creating the dynamic between the community and the facilitators to make these suggestions a reality.
‘‘We see who in the community is willing to assimilate and take leadership to liaise with Council to improve our district, ’’ he said.
‘‘It’s really all about the community and leaders that help to further improve the West Otago district. They keep the town vibrant and stable.’’
Mr McCall wanted to acknowledge the efforts of Barbara Hanna and the West Otago Community Board for their efforts in facilitating the Our Place — West Otago scheme.
‘‘They have put a huge amount of work into moving the process of the consultation along, and for that their efforts are greatly appreciated,’’ he said.
Meetings will be held in weeks coming to further discuss priorities of improvement around the district and implementing the process of creating plans for the developments.
We’re a very proactive place here in West Otago. We have a well supported community that thrives on taking ownership and getting things done.