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Lots of interest in developing Kilbirnie walkway

September 1, 2013

It was heartening to see the number of residents who dropped into Rongotai College on Saturday afternoon to give their views on what could be done with the Kilbirnie drainage land.

I was only there from about 1.30pm to 2.30pm, but in the time I was there , I heard so many good ideas expressed. These ranged  from off-road walking/cycling (possibly with linkages to the town belt, the beach, and the runway underpass), to community garden, to a scented garden with sheltered, high- backed seating for older people; a children’s playground, activities for young people such as extra basketball hoops etc  around the Rongotai  College area;  to planting fruit trees and other plants for bees.

There is a some funding available, which will likely be allocated to drawing up the initial plans and then seeking further community input.  Hopefully,  there would be sufficient resource somewhere to at least get a proper walkway done. After that a lot of it may be up to the community to decide further what they are prepared to commit to, or to seek grant funding for.

Now that the process has been started, it is nice to think that we should see some progress- as this has the potential to be a real community asset.



From → Community, Resilience

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