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Council reaching out to connect with communities

connecting with communities

Council community resilience connector John Roberts with the Connecting with Communities vehicle, new branding for which will help identify it at neighbourhood events around the district.

Ensuring Hastings is a network of thriving, safe, enjoyable communities is important to everyone who lives in the district, and is something the Hastings District Council has always supported.

Whether it be through assisting people to set up Neighbourhood Support groups, holding street-by-street community events, or creating community plans, supporting the district’s diverse communities develop their strengths is an important role for the council.

To better improve access to the council’s resources, some of these services have been brought together under the newly-launched banner “Connecting with Communities” which will become familiar to people in months to come.

It will initially be most visible at the regular street-by-street events and Neighbourhood Support meetings held at various locations around the district, where the Hastings District Council joins other agencies to hear from people about any issues or concerns they may have in their community.

To help identify the council at these events, the Connecting with Communities brand has been added to the council vehicle that attends, setting it apart from the standard white council vehicles.

Driven by community resilience connector John Roberts, the aim of the car’s new look is to identify the council’s role and encourage people to have a chat – whether it’s while visiting people or helping dish out sausages from the barbecue during street-by-street events (which are also attended by the likes of the police, DHB, Housing New Zealand and Civil Defence).

Hastings district councillor Eileen Lawson said the council was always keen to hear from, and support, residents and that going out and talking to people in their neighbourhoods was a great way to do that.

“Getting out and about in the community really gives the council a feel for people’s issues and provides an accessible, friendly avenue for them to tell us, and other agencies, what kind of support they might need.”

People are encouraged to discuss any community concerns, opportunities or initiatives which would support and add to their communities, from setting up a Neighbourhood Support Group to developing a Community Plan.

31 August 2018

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