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Outcomes of February meeting of Community, Services and Environment Committee

A new mural will feature on an external wall of the Hamilton City Council debating chamber as part of the upcoming Boon Street Art Festival.

The mural – expressing ‘Mauri’, the spark within us – will be created by artists Daniel Ormsby and Jeremy Shirley during the annual festival, which runs through March. The mural will be temporary but is expected to last two to three years. Its final design is still to be confirmed and it will be unveiled during the festival.

Confirmation of acceptance of the mural was a key outcome from yesterday’s meeting (19 February) of Hamilton City Council’s Community, Services and Environment Committee on– its first meeting of 2019.

The Committee also endorsed a new Smokefree Environments Policy, produced by staff in conjunction with stakeholder organisations Hamilton Central Business Association, Waikato District Health Board and the Cancer Society. The policy places an emphasis on educating about the health risks of smoking and also the use of vapes – a smoking alternative. The policy is supported by an Action Plan which acknowledges collective responsibility across multiple organisations for creating a smoke free Hamilton.

A Draft Management Plan for Hamilton Gardens was confirmed for public consultation. The draft plan combines important elements of the Hamilton Gardens Masterplan – which sets out proposed development of the gardens in coming years – as well as proposed responses to current operational challenges at the popular visitor destination and public park. The Committee asked to review public consultation materials before the consultation period formally commences – expected to be in mid-April.

The Committee also received a report on how staff will deliver a range of playground renewals and developments. Staff have reviewed the Playgrounds of the Future Plan and the report and have aligned the planned playgrounds work with dedicated 10-Year Plan funding. The design of new playgrounds and renewal projects for existing playgrounds will be led by the community through engagement processes which give residents the opportunity have their say. The playground development programme prepared allows for 17 new or upgraded playgrounds, including two new destination playgrounds.

Community Waikato Chief Executive Holly Snape presented a verbal report on her organisation’s work in the city and its role connecting community organisations in Hamilton. Ms Snape noted Hamilton has various social services delivering a broad range of support to residents, and a rapid and significant growth in community organisations in Hamilton in the last five years. Housing and housing affordability were identified as key concerns for the community sector.

A draft West Town Belt Masterplan was presented, but the Committee opted not to commence public consultation pending further workshop discussion on the masterplan, its content, and potential ramifications of some proposals it contains.

Sport Waikato representatives presented the organisation’s Insights to Participation in Sport, Exercise and Recreation report. The report outlined Hamilton residents’ levels of involvement in organised and informal sport and recreation, noting an ongoing shift away from traditional sport in our community. Sport Waikato’s research also revealed the greatest challenge to people in being involved in sport and recreation remains the time involved and individuals’ busy lives. In presenting the report, Sport Waikato CE Matthew Cooper acknowledged the success of recent professional sports events at the city’s two stadia – Seddon Park and FMG Stadium Waikato.

The Committee also received its regular Civil Defence update and a schedule of future reports through until August.

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