Proposed changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan seek to recognise the values of 49 historic heritage places, thereby making them subject to the provisions of the Historic Heritage Overlay. Among these our own former Avondale Post Office.
Go to this link to submit your support to this Proposed Plan change. The text you could submit is:
“I write in support of the PROPOSED PLAN CHANGE 7 (PC7) Additions to Schedule 14 Historic Heritage Schedule. I support all buildings mentioned in this document to be added to Schedule 14 Historic Heritage with specific support for the former Avondale Post Office, ID 02799, 1862 Great North Road, Avondale”
This link will give you more information on the building/s that protection is sought for.
Panuku, an Auckland Council town centre regeneration agency, has purchased the Old 3 Guys site. This land is key to the development of our town centre. Read more here.
Panuku has a plan for the regeneration of Avondale Town Centre. Panuku says that they will consult and work in partnership with the local community. Avondale Community Action, alongside other residents, will stay in dialog with Panuku to ensure that the consultation is happening on a level that is engaging to our community. Click here for a read of the full public version of the HLPP.
You may have noticed the arrival of 2 large shipping containers on the empty site in our town centre known as the Old 3 Guys site. These shipping containers are part of an Activation Project initiated by Avondale Police and is supported by councils Empowered Communities unit, residents and local organisations.
More then 30 Avondale residents attended this workshop to draw maps with ideas on how to activate this site.
Activation ideas by 5 groups were drawn on maps of the Old 3 guys site and shared with the other groups
Some of the ideas were taking into account visual and safety impact of shipping containers onsite.
All in all it was a well attended meeting with a lot of positive energy, ideas and commitment from local volunteers.
There will be follow up sessions in which the planning will get into more detail.
This Activation supports:
- Whau Board outcomes
- Recommendations in 2016 CPTED report
- Avondale Business Associations Strategic Report
- Avondale Community Actions Random Household Survey
- Feedback from residents on social media
Benefits of Activation:
- An empty space becomes a community space
- Connections between locals are build and strengthened
- The temporary aspect of this project allows for creativity and experimentation
- Opportunity for locals to participate in shaping their environment
- Encouraging positive use of the site
- Reduce ongoing rubbish dumping
Urban Design Workshop Report
In 2016 Nina – a locla Urban Designer from agency Motu Design, held an Urban Design workshop in collaboration with ACA.
We looked at the area from the train station to the Old 3 Guys site and connections to/from and nearby. You can read the report on this workshop in which about 30 local residents took part.
This workshop was made possible with the support of the Whau Local Board.
A small group of Avondale residents gathered together with brokers from Auckland Councils Empowered Communities Unit.
The goal was to practice a community development model that ACA and Council Community Brokers had been introduced to.
Prior to this workshop we visited two key public sites in Avondale town centre known as the Central Reserve the old netball courts behind the Spider) and The highbury Triangle (site of our community centre, community preschool library).
The meeting was structured as followed:
- A set of ground rules are proposed by participants and agreed on.
- A question starts off the meeting.
- Each participant gives 1 idea. My idea is……
- Then the whole group is asked if there are any other ideas to add.
- Are there any concerns around any of these ideas? If yes, put a question mark next to them.
- After the ideas are gathered we looked at what the Themes were. Themes are the essence that the ideas are working towards fulfilling.
- We split into smaller groups and plans were drawn up incorporating the ideas.
- These plans were presented to other groups.
- Each group then took ideas of the other groups that they liked and incorporated them in their plans.
Some amazing and original, but very achievable, ideas came out of this workshop.
Participants felt that this was a good model to work with.
Participants agreed that the Milenko Model would be good to first look at the big picture, creating a vision for Avondale Town centre. Once that vision is there we can break it down into little projects.
Thank to the participants who made it to this workshop and contributed their energy, vision and ideas. And also to the Whau Local board for their ongoing support.