(Bernie Randall pic)

Guy Burns, Deputy Chair of the Raumati Paraparaumu Community Board is excited by a new funding model for community development launched recently by Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow.

“The Paekakariki Old Whatsisname Library in Tilley Road has been developed by Sam Buchanan using local knowledge, resources and expertise. The library, which will be open seven days a week, has been built with very little cost to the ratepayer—it’s a template for future community projects in Kapiti.

“No expensive consultants were used, resource consent fees were waived by KCDC, and an over-priced engineering report was not involved. In fact the library was built by the Paekakariki community utilising volunteer labour.

“Such a model was the norm in the last century when communities rallied and built memorial halls, swimming pools, community centres—I am even aware of a community built TV transmission tower built in St Arnaud near Nelson.

“I’m really pleased Kapiti Coast District Council is returning to an old model of community development. Such a system has been proven to keep costs down for ratepayers and remove the need for a bloated Council bureaucracy.”