Community & Environment

Taking the Council to the community

More than 40 staff from across six of the Council’s business units took part in Your Neighbourhood – with a furry four-legged friend one of the most popular.

Sitting patiently on a table at the Animal Education and Control stand was Sprat – a long-haired chihuahua cross, who is the unit’s education pooch.

Amanda Tucker, Public Education and Kennels Team Leader for Animal Control, said Sprat grabs people’s attention – giving staff a chance to engage with visitors and talk about the range of work the unit does.

Miss Tucker said the response from visitors was positive.

“It’s been really good – obviously with Sprat here is a really good drawing-in point, he brings them in.

“They’re interested in dog adoption, looking at what dogs we have available,” she said.

Miss Tucker says Your Neighbourhood event allowed the Animal Education and Control staff to have direct contact with a wider range of the public – rather than just dog owners, the most common group the team has to deal with.

“We’re trying to promote the good stuff we do and that’s something all our team wants to be a part of.”

Hamilton City Libraries Director Rebecca Whitehead said there keen interest in what will be a brand new community space/library in the area.

“People are really excited about a brand new asset our here, and they really like it the fact it will include a library and a community space – and all different elements within one building,” Mrs Whitehead says.

One of the library service’s strategic aims is turn libraries into community hubs, and designing such a facility from scratch with the community’s input was finding favour.

“People still want books, they want the library to bright and light, they want it close to the park, and they want it to engage with other facilities.”

Mrs Whitehead said children were particularly engaged with the library possibilities: “Children are a key customer group for us – they’re 40% of our customers!”

Staff from across the libraries services would be rotated through future Your Neighbourhood sessions.

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