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Ngatea community reads between the lines and says NO!

Posted 6 March 2019 by Gold FM in Council Matters,Education,Music, Entertainment, Events and History, Arts & Culture

People Power and a firm “NO!” has caused the Hauraki District Council to do a U-turn on the Ngatea Library project and re-evaluate.

The people of the Plains are unhappy with the option Hauraki District Council decided to adopt and have collected over 1250 signatures on a petition against the proposal. The option, one of six considered, includes a change of site to land adjacent to the Hauraki Plains College at 11 Orchard West Road and a shared ownership model, but it goes against the wishes of the majority of the Plains community.

Those opposing the current proposal are finding it difficult to understand why the council chose such a complex model as it would require land being either sold or leased, a new community building, complicated agreements and the need for three parties, the Hauraki District Council, the Haurakian Trust and Plains Schools to establish coherent governance and management structures. 

The group driving the opposition to the proposal say the preference is for a vibrant community facility at the opposite end of town adjacent to other community and recreational facilities instead of the partnered option with a new community space.

They have challenged the robustness and validity of a survey commissioned by the Haurakian Trust supplied to APR Consultants, who were engaged by Hauraki District Council to evaluate the six options, and whose Director Deryck Shaw is also the co-ordinator for the Plains Community Hub Working Group, which was set up by council to assess the concerns the Plains community was feeding back to them, and to make recommendations to Hauraki District Council. 

The Plains community has made their voice heard loud and clear and encourages anyone interested to attend a public meeting being held at the Ngatea War Memorial Hall starting at 7 pm next Wednesday, March 13.