“Rise Up Richmond” Website

Welcome to my “Rise Up Richmond” website https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/.

The ideas/research for this website began after I presented my verbal submission to the Christchurch City Council’s 2018 Long Term Plan, for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre (https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/), 10 Shirley Road, Christchurch, to create a multi-cultural centre as a “Gateway to the East.”

“Are you saying that rather than just building back a community centre, that actually we should look at the whole of the area, and look at the whole of the needs.
So maybe what we need to be considering for the Long Term Plan is a budget that would enable a full needs analysis, and to look at what the different options are.”
Mayor Lianne Dalziel – 12th May 2018

I began to look around at our Richmond suburb, and soon realised that we already have so many positive things happening here.

Richmond Village is a destination space for our history (Maori & British), our food (NZ & International) and our art (Street Art & Bill Sutton), all showcasing our NZ identity/heritage.

I hope that after you read through this website you will realise like me, we have an identity, a history, our heritage, a story to tell…so let’s “Rise Up Richmond”.

Imagine

Below is my post from the “Richmond Avonside Dallington Shirley Locals” Facebook page| Joanna Gould | April 2018
“I regularly go to the Shirley Library and after my visit today I made some observations to my husband. He suggested I fill in the Facebook survey for the new Central Library, which I did.
But then I thought…I most probably won’t get to use that library much, I wish we could upgrade the Shirley Library…
Wouldn’t it be a great community facility to have a library and learning centre like Upper Riccarton and South Libraries?
But where would we get the money to create this building?
Sell the existing Shirley Library to The Palms Shopping Centre, as they are planning to expand north of the centre, and have already bought houses on the other side of the library.
“A block of 27 council flats, the Shirley library and service centre, and a Resene paint store separate The Palms from some of AMP Capital’s residential properties.”
– Link: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/75692826/christchurchs-the-palms-mall-buys-neighbouring-homes-in-expansion-bid
But where could we build a new community facility/library/learning centre?

My son goes to Shirley Primary School, directly opposite 10 Shirley Road. Each day as I pass 10 Shirley Road, it is a constant visual reminder to me and the locals/road users of Shirley Road, that our community has been left behind, we haven’t rebuilt from the earthquakes.
What message is this also sending to the children at this school whose classrooms outlook is a “dump”, and what about all the children from other schools who walk/bus/drive past this area?
That it’s ok to treat your community spaces like a dump? That this area doesn’t have any pride and isn’t worth much? That there isn’t any community spirit? That it’s not a place you want to live?
Now imagine:
– a whole neighbourhood block dedicated to this community (new purpose built library/learning centre, beside newly landscaped Dudley stream with existing Shirley Playcentre and upgraded playground)
– established large trees with seating underneath, grass area for weekend outdoor market, seating under verandah of the new centre building
– library: with service centre, free wifi/internet access, wifi enabled printer, public computers, tables so you can bring your own device (iPad/Laptop), comfortable chairs by magazines/fiction
– learning centre: open glass space with sliding doors to create smaller rooms when needed for community groups, after school activities, holiday programs, classes for: job seekers, family history, self publishing etc.
– website and community noticeboard on the outside of the centre, listing all local community facilities/places to hire/groups/activites/contact details
– disability/sensory friendly playground so all children are included and enjoy this playground
– existing bus stops on either side of Shirley Road, onsite parking behind the centre, off street parking upgraded on Slater Street and Chancellor Street
This is what I would like and how the community could afford to create this place.
It won’t be the same as the previous Shirley Community Centre, but I believe it could be a place to bring the whole community together again, for all ages and stages of life.”

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