(Note: The view expressed in this presentation are Councillor Blakeley’s personal and professional views, not those of Greater Wellington Regional Council)
by Tim Jones
Another year has gone by, and we still don’t know what will be in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving Recommended Programme of Investment – in other words, the Ngauranga to Airport transport plan that we’ve been awaiting for the last three years.
It often seems as though the whole thing will end up as a messy political compromise. But what if the guiding principles were such things as:
making Wellington liveable
making Wellington fair, safe and healthy
making Wellington beautiful, vibrant and culturally rich?
And what if, in place of Let’s Get Welly Moving’s continued refusal to treat the climate change impact of its plans as a key or even important factor, a central goal of their work was to ensure zero greenhouse gas emissions from Wellington transport by 2040?
Does that sound like a pipe dream? It isn’t. Because Councillor Roger Blakeley, with input from a number of people with community expertise in Wellington transport, has come up with a plan to do all that and more. And he presented it to the 2018 Save the Basin Campaign Annual General Meeting:
Essentials of a 21st Century Transport Strategy
We encourage you to read it. We encourage you to think about it. And we encourage you to support it – or, if you wish, suggest further improvements.
It’s great to see one of our elected representatives engaging in detail with the work that needs to be done to make Wellington a city fit for its residents – and fit for the future. Thanks, Roger!
For three years, Your Bay Your Say has brought awareness and transparency to the Titahi Bay and Porirua community about the not-fit-for-purpose Porirua Wastewater Treatment Plant, where there’ve been numerous malfunctions, bypasses for UV cleaning, and overflows of partially treated and raw sewage in heavy rain that discharge 700m from the popular Titahi Bay beach.
Each week the session features compositions by a great jazz artist. The house band open with a couple of tunes and then musicians are invited up to join in. Featured composer: John ColtraneDate/Time: 24 October 2021, 2.30pm – 4.30pm, House Band: Ayrton Foote (p), Patrick Bleakley (b), Mark Lockett (d)Venue: Lovebite, Forresters Lane, Te Aro