WREMO presenter

Food for thought? Kerry McSaveny facilitating discussion

Photo: Brian Sheppard

Recently the third and final Disaster Management Workshop of three was held for Glenside and Churton Park residents and businesses. Andrea Wilson of Glenside, who is co-ordinating the Glenside response, provides a report back on the final session.

Report Back 3

Kerry McSaveney from WREMO (Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office) facilitated another very engaging and successful evening.

The evening began with a recap of what we had covered so far in the previous two meetings. We discussed why we described our suburb as ‘friendly’ and what makes this area so special to us. Questions we pondered included:

  • Why did we buy or choose to live in Glenside or Churton Park?
  • What do we like about living here and why?
  • What has changed since we began living here?
  • What would we change about this area?
  • Would we buy or choose to live in this area again?

We made a list of all the current community activities within the area.

  • Churton Park Community Centre serves as a hub of activities catering for many diverse groups and interests.
  • The Glenside Progressive Association provides an overarching organisation for the development of community projects such as planting bees, predator eradication, and rubbish removal from public areas.

Community engagement

Photo: Brian Sheppard

Enhancing community

In another exercise, we were invited to write three things that we would like to see happen in Glenside and Churton Park. These suggestions were eventually whittled down to 6-8 points. In groups, we then investigated for each point, why it was considered important, exactly what changes we would like to see made, and the contact details of any people interested in carrying any of these projects forward. Kerry is going to connect these people with Council to see if these projects can be progressed. Projects suggested include:

  • A shared cycleway/pedestrian footpath down Middleton Road
  • Improved accessibility in areas within Churton Park, such as enhanced kerb crossings and a safe way for children walking to Churton Park School to cross Halswater Drive
  • The presence of BBQ’s and shelters in the Churton Park park for families to use and enjoy
  • A community Time Banking scheme
  • A Men’s Shed or Women’s Shed

What happens next?

The draft notes from all three meetings will be distributed via both Associations to residents. This allows people and representative groups who could not attend to make amendments and updates to the notes. This will enable the community to correct any misunderstandings, build on ideas and put ideas into practice. The final document will become a living document, regularly updated by representatives from Glenside and Churton Park.

Research has shown that resilient communities fare much better after an emergency. A way to help create resilient communities is through organised community events, practising an emergency drill or participating in a community based emergency exercise.