Community involved in long-term plan through new website

10 November 2015

Keeping engaged with progress on Wellington City Council’s Long-term Plan, projects and investment for the next decade and beyond is about to become easier.

501.1m transport choices, $6.6m smart economy, $16.6m smart technology, $29.3m longer airport runway, $195.8m inner city regeneration, $196m new visitor attractions.

A new interactive website has been created - - to highlight the key projects at the heart of the Council’s 2015-25 Long-term Plan; including extension of the Wellington International Airport runway, an indoor concert arena, convention centre, and film museum.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says the Long-term Plan is ambitious and designed to encourage inclusive economic development for Wellington.

“We have read and listened to hundreds of submissions, taken staff advice, and debated the best way for Wellington to achieve our full potential as a Smart Capital”.

“We want the community involved to progress the plan together,” she says. “The new easily accessible portal has all the information about the plan and its progress in one place. It is easily linked to from our well-known site. Online access is only one way of connecting with Council. Direct engagement with staff and councillors is also welcome.

Council Chief Executive, Kevin Lavery, says Council has never before invested in the Wellington economy on this scale.

“The Long-term Plan is unprecedented”, he says.

“It delivers Council’s core services and the environmental and social agenda, but includes an investment programme of more than $800 million. This large scale investment will undoubtedly transform Wellington,” he says.

The new website is built on the success of the award-winning Long-term Plan consultation site visited by more than 12,000 people. During March and April this year 2,000 people engaged with the site providing valuable feedback.

The new website will also provide an opportunity to participate in the 2016/17 Annual Plan process.