Social Services Forum
The Social Services Forum is a networking group of likeminded persons with an interest in the social wellbeing of the people in the Waimate District.
Attendees at the meeting include interested people from the local community (churches, schools, early childhood, aged carers, etc), government agencies involved in the social sector, and non-government organisations who provide a social service within the District.
Convener – Matt Henderson
Meetings – Organised by the Resource Centre and held quarterly. Meeting notes available by emailing WaimateRC@vodafone.co.nz
Community Development Project
Managed and Administered by the Waimate District Resource Trust, in partnership with the Waimate District Council and the Department of Internal Affairs
The project commenced in late 2010 as a result of a 3 year grant from central government to enable us to research the future direction of the District and the ways in which we can plan to ensure our sustainability as a community.
Many things have already been ‘factored into the equation’, some of it known, some of it proposed, and some of it that just has to be taken into account on a ‘best guess’ scenario based on what has taken place throughout our past.
Some of the proposed involves about $1,500,000,000.00 worth of development work such as the North Bank Tunnel Scheme, Hunter Downs Irrigation, and the Oceania Dairies factory. (They each have individual impact studies completed on their effect on the community but we’ll take that a step further to study the combined effect of all the development in the District).
If all of this goes ahead there will be other changes that will most likely take place as well (the ‘best guess’ stuff) such as if the irrigation scheme goes ahead there is a strong likelihood of dairy conversion on a large scale throughout the District (we know this as it has happened elsewhere in the past).
Einstein came up with the theory of relativity… for every action there’s an equal, and opposite, reaction. This couldn’t be any truer when it comes to development on such a large scale.
So, this is where we come in. It’s our task to map the possibilities and plan a road map for the future, one that allows us some detours to work around any obstacles that may present to our community along the way, a map that will keep us all moving forward to ensure that our community survives for many, many more years to come.
Along the way we’ve put many of our clubs, groups, and organisations, so vital to the wellbeing of the district, through a health check.
We’ll also be working with these groups to ensure they continue to serve our people, and allowing for a happy and vibrant community.
Community Development Newsletter 1
Community Development Newsletter 2