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Great Things Grow Here is an economic development platform for Hawke’s Bay. It is a vehicle that businesses and organisations can use to promote our region as the best place to do business, work and live. There have been some very big economic wins right across our region, especially over the last 12 months, and so it is the perfect time to capitalise on those successes.

Children at Frimley Park playground opening
Open: Frimley Park's new playground is officially open.

Children have been climbing all over the new play equipment at the Frimley Park playground since its opening last week. The playground with a difference was designed with sensory play and universal access top of the innovation list. All the usual park elements are there, swings, slides and rope climbs, but there are also bright colours defining different areas - designed to help those with poor vision or with learning disabilities.

Counting: How many have you got?

A call has gone out for help with the annual national bird survey. Hawke’s Bay residents are an important part of the annual Garden Bird Survey which is on again this year, from June 25 to July 3, says Regional Council biodiversity officer Rod Dickson. The regional council encourages locals to do the surveys, organised by Lancare Research, as a useful way to track the outcome of possum control programmes in rural and urban areas.

iway Te Mata Rd
Forging ahead: Projects for next year have been set out in the annual budget.

Being able to keep the rate increase very low and assist with a wide range of projects across the district though this year’s annual plan is a great outcome, says mayor Lawrence Yule. Hastings District Council this week went through the budget for the coming 12 months. The result was very pleasing, Mr Yule said.


Parking meter
Coin free: Parking meters don't need feeding.

Free parking in Hastings will continue for another six months and the cost will not be charged to ratepayers’ accounts. Hastings District Council decided today to continue the trial to December 30. “There is no doubt the vibe in the city is improved and the retail figures are excellent, and I think the majority of people like not having to use meters,” said mayor Lawrence Yule.

Members of the New Zealand Recreation Association (Midlands Region Committee) at Frimley Playground
Check it out: Playground gurus try out the new Frimley play equipment.

As the fence around the brand new Frimley Playground is about to come down a bunch of playground experts have checked it out from top to bottom – with one giving it a score of “10 out of 10”. Admittedly they are a bit older than the normal age group seen clambering up a rope climbing frame – but they have the credentials.

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