| Have your say on the Super city
|Thursday 4 Feb 6.30-8.30pm Grey Lynn Community Centre|
|The Greens and Labour are hosting a series of public meetings around Auckland about the super-city. The meetings will focus on the third Auckland council bill which is currently open to the public for submissions.
As a grass roots, community organisation we are particularly concerned about the Bill’s failure to determine the powers and functions of the Local Boards. There is a real danger that we are heading towards a flawed and centralised system that takes alway the voice of local communities.
Grey Lynn 2030 is currently working on a submission which is due by 12 February. We encourage everyone to make a submission to highlight the many issues with the Bill. Useful templates for a submission can be found on both the Greens and Labour websites.
Auckland Central public meeting
| Grey Lynn 2030 first gathering of the year
|Wednesday 10 February at 7.30pm.
“Meet your Community” Drinks and Nibbles
Our first meeting of the year is a social gathering to welcome in the year. Come along to share ideas, hear what our focus groups have planned for the year and meet the people who work in the community for you.
Members of the Western Bays Community Board, CAB, Grey Lynn Neighbour Law Office, the Community Constable, and the Council’s Community Services Advisor will be there.
Special guest Mayor Len Brown (coming along to check out what we are up to in our community).
Garden Room and Patio (if it is a warm evening we will be outside), Grey Lynn Community Centre.
Drinks and canapes will be provided. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry by koha
| Grey Lynn Farmers Market
|Scarecrow Competition 7th February 2010
The Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market is judging the Scarecrow Competition of the School Holiday Programme at the next market, Sunday 7th. Come along and cast your vote!
With the remaining stallholders returning from their holidays, the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market will be bigger and better than ever. As always, you’ll find lots of fresh summer produce and quality foods to stock up for the week ahead. And have you tried the authentic french crepes yet?
Remember to bring along your surplus fruit and vegetables to the innovative Ooooby stall to sell or swap with other home garden suppliers! Even better, bring it pre-bagged in the quantities you want to sell and with your name and price attached.
Membership costs $30 for the year and gives you a 10% discount on your purchases, plus voting rights on how the market is run.
|If you ran out of time to do the Traffic survey at the end of last year it is not too late. It really only takes 3 minutes!
if you work, live, or play in Grey Lynn please take a couple of minutes to do this survey so we have a better idea about traffic issues and concerns
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=SkrjyANkggFt1GYZyC2ePA_3d_3d Please also forward on the link to your networks.
West Lynn Parking Issues
West Lynn residents have already been busy this year looking at solutions to deal with traffic issues. In late 2009 the Auckland City Council responded to residents’ concerns about traffic flow and parking access in and around Francis Street by prosing a P120 parking permit restriction to one side of Francis Street and giving residents, who have no parking on their property, the option to buy a permit for exemption @ $150 each permit. Council distributed a survey to Francis St residents indicating that if 50% of residents agreed to the introduction of the P120 it would be implemented.
Concerned residents responded to the Council’s survey by calling a residents meeting earlier in January attended by residents of Francis, Wilton, Wellpark Streets, Kate Stanton and Bruce Kilminster from the Western Bays Community Board and Pippa Coom representing Grey Lynn 2030. A working group then presented to the Western Bays Community Board January meeting to voice opposition to implementing the P120 propose and to highlight other areas of concern discussed at the residents meeting such as footpath upgrades and better tree management in Francis Street.
The Community Board has formally requested officials to investigate issues which were raised and will report back. Residents have found the process so far very positive and have enjoyed the opportunity to meet new neighbours. The residents group intends to work with Grey Lynn 2030 to find longer term solutions that will reduce traffic and promote more sustainable transport options.
Contact: Jude Graveson
| Waste Away
| Happy New Year to you, from the Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away Group!
|After a great 2009, the group have been active during summer with regular food waste collections from local cafes with one café diverting well over 1 tonne of foodwaste, coffee grounds and paper serviettes so far! Well done to the Grey Lynn community for making a difference!
You may have been along to the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market on a Sunday morning and seen us there selling and talking to people from the community about keeping worms and using the bokashi system for food waste diversion from landfill.. Many people are keen to keep food waste out of landfill and these systems also produce useful products for the garden. Some feedback has been that through having a worm farm one person has discovered the pleasure and benefits in growing some of their own food. This has spread to other members of the family and they have a lovely time discussing their worms!
Waste Away is working hard and committed to taking action about waste in our community.
If you would like to participate or have some ideas to share, come along to our first meeting of the year on Wednesday 3rd February 7pm at the office of Waste Not Consulting, Williamson Ave. New people are very welcome.
| Wilton Street Community Garden update
|Grey Lynn 2030 “sustainability” week
Plans are underway for a week to highlight all the amazing things going on in our community that are consistent with our vision.
It will include our regular events – the Grey Lynn Farmers Market and Green Screen – plus a whole lot of new, exciting intiatives.
Ideas for the programme so far:
If you like to organise an event during the week or get involved in any way then please contact Pippa
|Auckland Permaculture Workshop Courses
The Transition Town movement has its origins in permaculture and Gary Marshall, tutor for the Auckland Permaculture Workshop Courses was on the Steering Committee of Grey Lynn 2030 until the end of last year. Here is information we have been asked to circulate to our networks about the first four workshops of the year which are all foundation courses for completing a Permaculture Design Certificate and they all explore fundamental areas of sustainable design and living. The APW programme has been designed specifically to explore ecological design solutions for living sustainably in the Auckland bioregion.
Philosophy and Design – 13th February 2010
Landscape Design – 27th February 2010
Building Design – 13th March 2010
Living Communities – 27th March 2010
| Grey Lynn 2030 in 2010
|Was one of your new year’s resolutions to get more involved in your community at the same time walking the talk of sustainability?
Grey Lynn 2030 provides an ideal opportunity to indulge your interests, learn new skills, be part of positive solutions and actually see things happen that make a difference.
Positions we would like to fill this year:
And of course you there are our focus groups to get involved with OR start a new focus group if you see a gap