Auckland Mayor, Wayne Brown says he expects the Council’s newly formed City Centre Advisory Panel to hit the ground running when it meets for the first time today.
The panel, made up of business leaders and key stakeholders from across the city centre, is established with each new Council term, and is tasked with advising the Mayor and Council group on the rejuvenation of the city centre.
Mayor Brown has worked alongside Eke Panuku to identify the panel representatives.
“We have invested considerable time and effort in to ensuring the new City Centre Advisory Panel has the scope and ability to do what is needed and has voluntary representatives from across our city who are as passionate about it as I am,” he said.
“This term I have purposefully invited a new wave of members from across business and social sectors to bring much-needed perspective.
“Their inclusion is part of a refreshed terms of reference for the panel and I’m looking forward to seeing them work together to improve city safety, better integration of works, reduce the impact of traffic management and increase the number of residents in the central city.
“This panel isn’t about deciding what colour the pavers should be, but instead about hearing a range of perspectives about what can be done to make the central city somewhere all Aucklanders can be proud of.
“As someone who lives and works in the central city, I will be particularly interested in how we can improve collaboration across the public and private sector to create a more prosperous city centre for both businesses, tourists and residents,” says Mayor Brown.
Eke Panuku Chair, Paul Majurey said today marks a key milestone for the urban regeneration agency’s work in their newest priority location, since Eke Panuku agreed to take the lead role for the Council group in the city centre.
“It is inspiring to see the level of knowledge and expertise that is represented by those who are giving their time to work with us for the city centre. We have been looking forward to getting this new panel underway and building on the relationships and experience from many years leading the regeneration of the city’s waterfront,” said Mr Majurey.
The panel will play a key role in advising Council on strategic direction and priorities for the city centre.