Taieri residents have been outstanding

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THE VOICE COLUMN

Covid-19 has changed our world over the last two months.

Thankfully by following good advice, taking prompt action and through the commitment of the team of 5 million, we are returning to some semblance of normal in Level 2.

It’s wonderful to see our businesses and schools open and the people of the Taieri out and about again.

Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board last met on March 18 – our April 29 meeting was cancelled – we look forward to meeting on June 24.

The work of the board continued.

We joined Zoom meetings or kept in touch via phone and email.

Board members responded to inquiries from residents in relation to Covid concerns, changed Dunedin City Council services, welfare support and the usual general inquiries.

Individual board members continued working in their areas of responsibility, liaising with Keep Dunedin Beautiful, connecting with our business community, the beautification of the Silverstream walkway, the Mosgiel aquatic facility, pressing for the development of cycleways and putting together our annual plan.

The announcement of the site for our new pool – the caravan park area, next to the existing pool – was fantastic news; thanks to the hard work and perseverance of many people over many years.

Alert Level 3 restrictions meant a low-key announcement.

Two senior council staff and I met with residents of the caravan park to share the news.

We will continue to support them as they seek new accommodation.

The board also submitted to the DCC Annual Plan seeking clarification regarding the continuance of a caravan park facility in Mosgiel.

We were delighted council listened to the many requests (including ours) to extend the annual plan consultation period.

Our submission urged council to prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of residents and businesses, as they consider the budget and associated decisions regarding rates and fees, while encouraging them to action as many infrastructure-related projects as possible.

Taieri residents have been outstanding in their response to the Covid challenge, staying home saving lives, while still looking out for neighbours.

Businesses and staff adapted, continuing to provide essential goods and services.

There were friendly greetings from strangers out exercising.

The teddy bears, encouraging posters and standing together at dawn remembering our Anzacs are just some of the reasons to celebrate the strength and resilience of our community.

Lets keep it up.

Look out, reach out, help out, shop locally – we are all in this together.