Is to represent and advocate for all Auckland city centre residents, to Auckland Council, the Waitematā Local Board and other relevant agencies & organisations.
The purpose of such representation is to make known the concerns of residents, and by doing so work towards achieving the best possible living environment.
We work to support community building in the city centre, and look to cooperate with other Auckland City Centre organisations having similar objectives.
Our aim is to continually work to improve the livability and quality of the city centre.
The Way We Work
The CCRG will engage with city centre residents, by all means available, to ensure
that their voice is heard on city centre matters related to the public realm.
Public transport, cycling and pedestrians, must have priority over private transport in all transport related projects in, and around, the city centre.
Our primary focus is to support the integrity of the City Centre Masterplan as the primary delivery model for all city centre projects, including various forms of transport. The CCRG expects that all private use of public space should come at a cost to the user with that revenue spent & dedicated to improving the public realm – this includes graduated on road parking fees/permits across all of the Auckland Council territory.
PARKS, COMMUNITY & LIFESTYLE
Great public spaces are the identifier of cities – these are the places we all enjoy, remember, photograph, play and relax in irrespective of which city we find them.
Public Spaces, in all their forms, are precious assets that improve everyone’s lifestyle and must be maintained/enhanced & increased at all cost. The central city does not have enough open space, so if any existing public space needs to be modified, for whatever reason, the CCRG position is that the outcome must be a better public space option for residents, with the primary principle being a ‘like for like’ transaction.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT and REGULATION
Residents in the world’s most liveable city are entitled to a clean and healthy environment.
The CCRG will cooperate with others, to ensure that the air, waterways, and beaches connected to the central city are clean and safe for human use, and that transport decisions favour environmentally friendly options, including the air we breathe as we walk around and live in our city centre. Noise and antisocial behaviour must be appropriately managed to ensure that Auckland can be the World’s Most Liveable City.
The city centre needs to continue to grow while prioritising improved public transport, quality public spaces, and a healthy environment.
The CCRG focus is to ensure that the funds raised through the city centre residential targeted rates are spent on projects that have a measureable benefit for residents, and are not used as a subsidy for other interests.
Auckland’s ability to understand, appreciate and celebrate our own, and other cultures, is the key to our economic future.
Along with great public spaces, the CCRG strongly supports the concept that Auckland as a great place to live will have a major influence on future economic success.
GOVERNANCE and SUPPORT
Open and transparent governance practises provide the essential structure that underpins the legitimacy of public sector leadership.
The CCRG will work with the Auckland Council family, including the Waitemata Local Board, and the Auckland City Centre Advisory Board, to ensure that the voice of city centre residents is an accepted part of decision-making within the city centre.
WATER & WASTEWATER
Well planned, operational infrastructure for water and wastewater, is a critical factor in creating a healthy and safe environment.
The CCRG expects that the management of water and wastewater, including storm water, will provide 24/7 clean and safe waterways across the entire Auckland Council territory, with expenditure prioritised to those areas that currently do not meet this measure.
What We've Achieved
Since 2005 we have had a regular track-record of participatory submissions in public consultations and before committees, including Government, Auckland Regional Council, as well as presenting at Environment Court hearings, Auckland Council committees, strategies, planning, and policies affecting City Centre Residents. The following list is a summary of a few:
- Transport - public transport networks, CRL, pedestrian priority, cycling, parking
- Waterfront Masterplan development
- waste management, litter, graffiti
street cleaning, city centre repairs and maintenance of city assets
- increasing public space
- increasing trees
- improving city centre security & police presence
- signage, LED signs
- Parliamentary Special Local Government Select Committee hearings of the Auckland Law Reform Acts leading to the establishing of the present Auckland Council
- Public safety and nuisance
- The Auckland Plan
- Waitemata Local Board Plans
- Public Notification of Resource Consents, after hours noisy works
- Victoria Quarter Action Plan
- Successive 'meet the candidates' public pre-election meetings for local and national government
- Auckland Social Policy Forum
- Passenger Transport Integration studies
- Heritage Protection
- Street Trading Policy
- Emergency planning and awareness
- Ports of Auckland - noise, pollution, reclamation
- Family & elderly issues
- Wynyard Quarter develpoment
- Local area alcohol policy - drunkenness and sale of alcohol hours
We publish the quarterly City Centre Community E-News which is distributed to all members and over seven hundred other interested parties.
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