As the city grows, Tauranga City Council is committed to enhancing community wellbeing and increasing the quality of life for Tauranga residents, in order to provide a higher standard of living for all.
At the Community and Culture Committee meeting today, Councillors approved the adoption of a Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan to help prioritise investment and resourcing of community wellbeing initiatives in our city.
The Strategic Plan outlines five priority areas: Social Equity, Community Pride and Belonging, Healthy and Active Communities, Safe and Resilient Communities, and Engagement and Partnership. It also includes desired outcomes, key interventions, indicators of change and flagship initiatives for each of the five areas.
Councillor Terry Molloy, Chair of the Community and Culture committee says that community wellbeing is the first priority in an internationally competitive city that looks after its most vulnerable and ensures no one is left behind.
“We want to improve the lives of everyone in our city. We want our residents to feel a sense of community pride and belonging, and to celebrate their identity, heritage and culture. We want our communities to be happy, healthy, safe and resilient places to live. We want to engage in two-way conversations with our residents and partners so we can better understand their wants and needs,” says Cr Molloy.
Council will seek feedback on the Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan through the Long Term Plan process, which will commence in March/April 2018. The community will have a chance to share feedback over this period. Amendments will then be made, and a final Plan will be adopted by Council by 1 July 2018.
“We can not improve community wellbeing without the community. Our residents will get an opportunity to provide feedback and help guide us so we know where to focus our efforts and prioritise funding. We look forward to hearing their feedback,” say Cr Molloy.
Developing a Community Wellbeing Strategic Plan aligns with Council's new committee structure and supports the aspirations of Council as detailed in Our Story.