Letter to the Editor - July 2: Keep up the conversation
LAST week saw the start of the long-awaited, much-needed improvements at the Jetty Foreshore. How lovely it will be to wander off the end of the jetty strip after a good meal and enjoy a stroll on a well-lit attractive tree-lined avenue, to the iconic heart of our beautiful city - its historic jetty and harbour.
It will be exciting to see exactly what the final plans will be as the council continues to "consult relevant stakeholders" which they unanimously voted to do at their meeting last October. The plan is still in draft form and CHCC has borrowed money to get the best information available to properly make the final draft.
To quote the head of the chamber of commerce on radio recently, "97% of respondents to the initial consultation said they want to see improvements at the Jetty Foreshore." It is also true that the majority of people support stage one of the development.
If we are to be confident that our community's resources are going to be spent appropriately on an affordable, sustainable development that benefits the majority, then I believe that the ongoing consultation to which the council has committed must include facilitating productive dialogue with anyone who considers themselves to be a stakeholder.
It seems to me that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain from continuing the conversation between those who are spending the money and those who are paying for it, as well as anyone who is interested enough to get involved in getting it right.