Community backs new cultural facilities

A survey of 400 community members has shown 64% of people support the development of a museum for Tauranga, one of the cultural facilities proposed for Heart of the City.

Today at a Council workshop the final technical reports, including a public survey, were presented for the Heart of the City cultural facilities business case.

Elected members have discussed the extensive information around options for a museum and new central library for Tauranga and have heard the detailed assessment of each option.

Elected members are now equipped with the information to make a decision on a preferred way forward on Tuesday 5 December at the City Transformation Committee meeting.

Chair of the City Transformation Committee Larry Baldock said it is an exciting time for the project.

“I'm pleased we are getting to this point with the project, we have heard the message from our community to get on and do it, and next week we will have an agreed direction.

The development of a museum for Tauranga has not been without its challenges, and this is expected in a project of this size and scale.

“Creating a place that connects to the heart and mind of the community is no easy feat,” says Mr Baldock

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create something that responds to what our community has asked for – creating a sense of belonging, connecting communities, and the value in telling our story.

“We never went into this thinking it would be easy, and the support and encouragement from the community has been fantastic,” he said.

This Saturday is the final community open day, where people are welcomed to visit the Engagement Hub, learn more about the options being considered, and see all the technical information and results of the community engagement and public survey.

On Tuesday 5 December, the City Transformation Committee will recommend a preferred way forward to Council, for inclusion in the 2018/2028 Long Term Plan. The public will then be consulted in April 2018 on that preferred option.

Final Community Info Day

Where:
Tauranga City Council
Engagement Hub,
2 Devonport Road
(Opposite Whitcoulls)

When: Sat 2 Dec: 10 – 4pm

For more information visit Heart of the city



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