Cashmere News Diary: 10 September 2015 - Christchurch resilience Representation Review
* 12 September, Saturday 8.45am-12.30pm - Exercise HOW - Parklands Baptist Church, 180 Queenspark Drive, Parklands. Annual Christchurch-wide Civil Defence test of Welfare Centre activation and operation. Needing members of the public, family and friends to attend as 'displaced' people. Good introduction to CDEM training. Come any time for an hour or more; "emergency" style lunch provided; poster:
* 16 September, Wednesday 7.30pm - Cashmere Residents' Association committee meeting, all input welcome - contact CRA Chair. We are finalising the October newsletter to print and CRA AGM arrangement; update on District Plan Review submissions; etc. * 22 September, Tuesday 6pm-8pm - Representation Review workshop run by Spreydon/Heathcote Community Board for ward resident group reps (two per suburb) in the Beckenham Service Centre Boardroom, 66 Colombo Street - expressions of interest to CRA Chair please.
* 23 September, Wednesday 7.30pm-9pm - Representation Review workshop for Cashmere residents, run by CRA to help with submissions - in the Beckenham Service Centre Boardroom. Ref. ccc.govt.nz/the-council/have-your-say/whats-happening-now/representative-review/
That local politicians are seizing this obligatory process to multiply their numbers shows how bent out of shape Christchurch City has become - this is supposed to be about community wishes! From 13 councillors currently to 16 being proposed, 14 is the reasonable number that the Local Government Commission are likely to eventually sign off; but will Council see sense and amend so beforehand? When you look at the damage to community boards being proposed - Hagley-Ferrymead would be scrapped and the remaining board areas stretched further and thinner - this is even worse for the communities the boards try to cover: many suburbs would be spread over two new wards, or worse, two different board areas. Representation challenges and community disunity are being set up to serve political career inflation: 'divide and rule' at its worse. We must say No! - loud enough and central government will support community integrity, but must it mean embarrassment for our Council to reach that point? Your submissions are important, as the 14-ward map maintains suburb and board areas, as-is, much better. This is the map we should be fine-tuning today, that incorporates modest and necessary changes, so why the 16-ward monstrosity? Get it right, City Council! Or prepare for determined appeal to the highest court in this concern.
Here are the maps for the 14-ward and the 16-ward community board areas where we live for comparison - was "Spreydon/Heathcote":
Draft 14-ward from resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/July/Council23July2015Clause10Attachments2-5-MAPS.pdf Council meeting of 23 July: www3.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/July/
16-ward from resources.ccc.govt.nz/files/TheCouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/August/Council13August2015Clause31SeparatelyCirculatedattachments.pdf Council meeting of 13 August: www3.ccc.govt.nz/thecouncil/meetingsminutes/agendas/2015/August/
* Cashmere Residents' Emergency Support Team - CREST - Cashmere Community Response Plan cashmere.org.nz/CREST - Enquiries and contributions via any of the three partner organisations listed. Thank you. Stay safe, ref. getthru.govt.nz* A very big thank you to all Cashmere Residents and CREST community partners: Cashmere Primary School, Cashmere Presbyterian Church, Christchurch City Council Strengthening Communities / CDEM, Canterbury Neighbourhood Support, Kidsfirst Cashmere Kindergarten, Kaizuka Eatery and Garden Bar, Cup Cafe, Emperors New Clothes Cafe, Cashmere Super Dairy, Cracroft-Chase Vineyard, Quick Stop Liquor, Swanlake Lotus at Siam Healthcare Spa emergency spring-water source, Out in the Wild cordials of Hanmer, and to all our local volunteers and supporters - Thank you very much!
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