Posted by Luke Balvert
Grab the family, the popcorn, the picnic blanket and get ready to have a chat about what you think the Western Bay should look like in the future.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council is coming to a neighbourhood near you, with a trio of whanau-friendly events at locations across the District next month – Jubilee Park, Te Puke (27 March), Katikati’s Uretara Domain (28 March), and Maramatanga Park in Te Puna (3 April). All events start at 4pm and kick off with a free children’s show.
The Hello Future District Fun Day events feature fun fair-style activities relating to key topics Council wish to have a chat about, food stalls from local vendors and community groups, and just for the kids, Mr Lam Sam’s Musical Mayhem Show.
Council has also teamed up with Night Owl Cinema to end the night in style with a movie under the stars at each location. Jubilee Park will have the new adaptation of Aladdin, The Lion King (2019) will be at Uretara Domain and Hunt for the Wilderpeople at Maramatanga Park.
“You will be making the effort to see us, and have a chat, so the least we can do is say thank you with an event that will bring residents together to share ideas enjoy some delicious food and take in an outdoor movie,” says Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming you, your family and friends at one of our three Hello Future District Fun Day events.”
Garry says getting out and meeting the community in their backyards is important to understand what matters to residents, and what Council should prioritise in its next Long Term Plan.
“We want to know what the community’s thoughts are, so we’re bringing the conversation to them across the District with fun free events for all ages to find out what you think.
“Hearing from as many residents as possible helps us plan for the next 10 years.”
The events are the first step in Council’s three-part engagement process. The second step will focus on what will be included in the upcoming Long Term Plan.
For more information on these events head to Council’s Facebook page – facebook.com/westernbaycouncil.