Paddy O’Reilly, the Timaru District councillor for the Pleasant Point and Temuka Ward and Temuka Community Board chair said Temuka’s strategic plan is still in its very early stages.
A new retirement village for Temuka is one dream being talked about as the town’s community board eyes a 10-year strategic plan.
Paddy O’Reilly, the Timaru District councillor for the Pleasant Point and Temuka Ward and the board chairman, told The Timaru Herald the strategic plan was still in its “very early” stages and nothing was set in stone.
A few ideas discussed at board meetings so far were a retirement village, combined medical centre to attract young doctors to the area, sports facility for all clubs, greater engagement between the town and Arowhenua marae, and continued support of the Temuka Projects Trust.
“We just brainstormed some ideas of what the community board wants Temuka to look like in 10 years,” O’Reilly said.
“We have got some funding to employ an urban planning company to give us a picture of what Temuka would look like.
“There are some small ideas and some big ideas. We will be getting a bit more funding in the next financial year as well.
“I’m not saying we will have a new retirement village soon, but that’s the dream.”
O’Reilly said once the concept ideas are finalised they will go out for public consultation for feedback and for any ideas the public provide as well.
The board initially discussed the needs to consider the scope of the [strategic] plan in a meeting in August. That discussion also included the level of community involvement, the process the board wants to follow in preparing the plan (whether to engage a facilitator), a timeline (to possibly feed into the next Long Term Plan) and how to use the council funding to ensure the best benefit.
“The focus for a strategic plan is on what the board wants its community to look like in the future, where the needs are and how the board/council can assist in working out how to meet those needs,” the minutes say.
“Council can be just one stakeholder to help achieve the goals set out in the Plan. The goals can be both council specific and community specific.
“The board agreed to ask the strategy and corporate planning manager to come to a future board meeting to provide guidance and discuss options.”