Strathmore 44 Project
Wellington City Council, along with Housing New Zealand, the New Zealand Police and the Strathmore Park Community, is supporting a community-led rejuvenation of Strathmore Park.
What is the Strathmore 44 Project?
The name comes from the #44 bus route that ran through the area (recently changed to 12).
The project works with the Strathmore Park community to identify strengths, challenges and opportunities for the suburb.
Throughout March and April this year we asked them, what would make Strathmore Park even better? More than 40 people responded with ideas ranging from cultural groups to more toilet facilities, and even a regular local market.
Community Action Hui
Two community action hui were held in April and May. This brought together more than 30 people, who have created four action groups:
Kaumatua: connecting isolated older people in the community. This group meets regularly at Raukawa community centre for sewing, crafts and now have a newly formed walking group.
Kahurangi kids grow: resurrecting the Kahurangi School community gardens with working bees and are busily getting the gardens ready for seasonal planting.
Safety group: improving pedestrian and driver safety. With a particular focus on the Sidlaw, Leveson, Monorgan intersection and crossing at the bottom of the Raukawa – Monorgan St steps. This group have linked in with the Strathmore park progressive and beautification association.
Community clean up: two community clean ups have happened so far and more than 50 bags of rubbish dumped in reserves around Strathmore Park have been removed.
This community action has generated more conversation and actions:
Touch competitions; a group of local residents are working with young people to start a summer touch rugby competition focused on participation and family fun.
Christmas in the park; an annual event will be led by the community with support from Strathmore 44. We are encouraging local talent to come forward and make it a success.
- Strathmore Park and Raukawa Community Centres have weekly activities. For more information, contacts, and to find out what's happening, check out the Strathmore Park and Raukawa Community Centres Facebook page
The Council, Housing New Zealand and the Police support groups and members of the community who want to get involved and make projects happen.
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Lynda Murray on 04 806 4728 or 021 247 9728.