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Grey Lynn 2030 first update for 2010

1 February 2010
In This Issue:

Have your say on the Super city
Grey Lynn 2030 first gathering of the year
Grey Lynn Farmers Market
Traffic Calming
West Lynn Parking Issues
Waste Away
Wilton Street Community Gardens update
Grey Lynn 2030 “sustainability”  week
Permaculture Workshop Courses
Grey Lynn 2030 in 2010

Happy New Year
Welcome to our first update of 2010. It looks like it is going to be an exciting, action- packed year as we work towards our vision of a self-reliant, vibrant, connected, positive and sustainable community.

We extend a warm invitation to our first gathering of the year on Wednesday 10th  (details below).

We thought an informal social evening would be a great way to kick off the year and an opportunity to gather together people working on our behalf in the community who would like to meet you. We look forward to seeing you there.

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
Speakers: David Clendon, Jacinda Ardern and Phil Twyford
Location: Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm, Thursday 4th February

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 greylynn2030@gmail.com

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.

Traffic Calming
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.
For more info email: greylynn2030wasteaway@gmail.com or  phone Lynn 3766376 or 0273406911

Wilton Street Community Garden update
The Garden finished 2009 with a fabulous spud party, cooking and eating our first crop on site.  In one year the site has been transformed from weed infested “waste ground” to a productive and exciting shared garden – of which we are very proud!!

The main problem we face on the site now is water.  We recently met to discuss plans for this year and have decided that due to the logistics of establishing a water collection system on site we will take a different and more sustainable approach to the development of the garden.  We will continue to grow low-water requiring crops and focus on the composting initiative.

We are planning to replace the water dependant veges with a comfrey crop and to then make comfrey fertiliser in our smaller water tank – the other will still be required for water storage.  Ideally we would be able to produce enough liquid fertiliser and compost to return to community (possibly generating a small income to return to the garden ).

We have begun collecting pallets in order to build a set of compost bins with the intention of establishing a local composting depot (we would love to work in with the GL2030 Waste Away group on this!). Any free pallets or plumbing assistance welcome. Contact Mandy

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:
– West Lynn shopping centre street party and evening market
– tours of local gardens with bee hives and chooks
– gardening workshops
– awards for local sustainable businesses
– Transition Town Expo
– traffic calming installations

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
Tutors -Gary Marshall and Finn Mackesy

Landscape Design                   – 27th February 2010
Tutors -Gary Marshall and Finn Mackesy

Building Design                    – 13th March 2010
Tutors -Johann Bernhardt and Gary Marshall

Living Communities                 – 27th March 2010
Tutors – Gary Marshall and Finn Mackesy

For more information or to register see our new websiteh: www.aucklandpermacultureworkshop.co.nz. Alternatively, email us at info@aucklandpermacultureworkshop.co.nz

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:
Webmaster – take responsibility for keeping the website up to date
Web designer – give our website a spruce up
Publicity – help us spread the word via posters and email communications
Funding – take pleasure at filling in an application form? There is funding out there we would like to tap into to develop Grey lynn 2030 projects

And of course you there are our focus groups to get involved with OR start a new focus group if you see a gap

Contact greylynn2030@gmail.com