“Where is our Community Centre” Petition

“Our communities lost our well used and well loved community centre at 10 Shirley Rd, following the February 2011 earthquake. We need a new community facility to serve the wider communities of North Richmond, Shirley, Mairehau, Edgeware and St Albans east of Cranford Street. We the undersigned, request that Christchurch City Council work with us to rebuild our beloved community centre as soon as possible.”
https://www.facebook.com/Where-is-Our-Community-Centre-101495294547442/

Please sign/share this petition to ask the Christchurch City Council, for a new community facility to be built at 10 Shirley Road, Richmond, Christchurch. Thanks for your support!

https://www.change.org/p/christchurch-city-council-a-community-centre-for-north-richmond-shirley-mairehau-edgeware-st-albans-east

Below are some great comments from supporters, sharing why signing this petition is important to them:
– “This area lost so much in the Earthquake and after the Earthquake. We want our community centre back.” Jennifer D.
– “We have lost so many amenities in our area since the earthquakes. We don’t need to lose our community centre as well. Our community centre needs to be reinstated.” Margaret S.
– “It has been 8 and a half years since our community centre was destroyed in the February 2011 earthquake. It’s unbelievable that there are no plans to rebuild this once vibrant and well used centre. I am frustrated by the lack of priority given to repairing assets this area and the inequity in funding across the city.” Jane H.
– “I’m signing because community facilities are an essential part of building healthy supportive community groups and would like to point out that this type community rebuilding asset is the kind of thing that post-quake donations were intended for – not for shifting the Christchurch cenotaph.” Patricia W.
– “Reinstatement of this community hub is vital to the mental and physical health of the community.” Judith H.
– “We built Tauranga for tourists, we re-built the town hall for tourists, we are building the convention center for tourists…what did we build for ourselves?” Don G.
– “Every community need a hub.” Penny M.
– “I’m signing because our kids need more access to community ventures in our area. I’m signing because every community needs a hub.” Milly S.
– “Communities require hubs. Communities must develop an identity, without our own culture we are not enhancing our personal and community well-being along with community safety.” Sue P.
– “I would like to see the Community Centre reinstated for the benefit of the local Residents.
– “A facility which encourages local participation and engagement would be warmly embraced in this resource depleted area.” Shirley S.
– “The centre used to be so busy before the quakes and shows that the community still needs a space.” Lucinda L.
– “Every community needs a Community centre. Shirley has lost so much, please reinstate our hub.” Susan G.
– “The community needs this back. This us a big loss to community groups in the area.” Tania M.
– “I grew up in this area and walked passed that community centre everyday on my way to school, I attend numerous activities within its walls over the years and I do believe my Grandfather attended primary school there before it was a community centre. Having a community centre is valuable for the residing residents.” Roxy T.
– “This community centre is much needed.” Mandi S.
– “I was a resident of the Shirley area and often used the Community Centre. A lot has changed since then and a new community centre would give back some much needed community spirit!” Anne McA.
– “Having grown up in this area, I can only support these communities in their endeavour to heighten wellbeing and resilience though meeting and activity space. Kia kaha.” Rik T.
– “I’m signing because we have lost our community amenities almost entirely since the quakes, with no hope of regaining them either, so i know how bad it is to be without them.” Alma R.
– “When I lived in Avonside Till EQS used to go there all the time as our Cant.Branch Family History centre was there.” Yvonne H.
– “Community centres are essential. Our area needs to be looked after.” Georgina C.
– “Don’t you think our communities have lost enough? Christchurch almost lost it’s identity, but the communities held us together. It’s getting harder and harder to do as the years drag on. We all need some semblance of normality back to grow strong again.” Jennifer P.

CCC Draft Annual Plan 2019

My submission is in support of building/requesting funding for a new community facility/citizen hub at 10 Shirley Road, Richmond, Christchurch.
Shirley Centre, opposite Shirley Primary School. New Inclusive Centre with: Shirley Library | Learning Spaces | Service Centre. Supporting our communities: Identity | Well-being | Learning.

Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2019 – Joanna Gould

https://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/04/CAPL_20190430_AGN_3710_AT.PDF, Pages 202-230

CCC Draft Annual Plan 2019 | Submission .pdfs by Joanna Gould
Update for the Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2019-2020.
Feasibility Study for Shirley Community Centre & Community Facilities Network Plan.

CCC Draft Annual Plan 2019 | Ali Jones, Papanui-Innes Community Board
https://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2019/04/CAPL_20190430_AGN_3710_AT.PDF, Pages 47-51
https://www.ccc.govt.nz/assets/Documents/The-Council/Community-Boards/Plans/Papanui-Innes-Community-Board-Plan.pdf, 2017-2019

Christchurch City Council Draft Annual Plan 2019
Ali Jones, Papanui-Innes Community Board, 10 Shirley Road @ 11:00 minutes

Community Needs: Community Centres

Just a quick update. I finished my feedback for “Draft OARC Regenerate Plan” for Christchurch last night.
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/draft-oarc-regeneration-plan-feedback/
Supporting Information:
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/draft-oarc-regeneration-plan-tell-our-stories/
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/draft-oarc-regeneration-plan-visitor-experience/
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/draft-oarc-regeneration-plan-community-needs/

Since the beginning of this year I have been researching the community needs for Shirley, then Richmond.
But recently I have been researching Dallington & looking into my idea for a community centre at the former Burwood Primary School site, so that the Shirley Library building at The Palms can be sold.
I remembered Bebe Frayle from the Dallington Residents Association LTP presentation: http://councillive.ccc.govt.nz/video/7566.

If you have a look at https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/draft-oarc-regeneration-plan-community-needs/, my research shows the need for two community centres:
OARC Regeneration Plan Idea for Shirley/Richmond by Joanna Gould
“Shirley/Richmond, new Community Centre at 10 Shirley Road opposite Shirley Primary School, includes Shirley Library, Learning Spaces, Service Centre, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms.”
OARC Regeneration Plan Idea for Dallington/Burwood/Avondale by Joanna Gould
“Dallington/Burwood/Avondale, new Community Centre at 255 New Brighton Road close to All Saints Church, includes Coastal-Burwood Governance Unit more central to their residents, small Meeting/Learning spaces with kitchen, Service Centre, Volunteer Library similar to Redcliffs Village Library, sell Shirley Library building at The Palms.”

It was frustrating to find the Coastal-Burwood Community Board had asked Sarah Wylie to research their Community Needs in 2017.
http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2017/12/CBCB_20171204_AGN_1403_AT.PDF
Pg 69-103 ‘Coastal-Burwood Community Facility Needs Assessment’
Prepared for Community Governance Team, Coastal Burwood By Sarah Wylie
Pg 102 “Strong feedback came through supporting development of a community hub facility serving Burwood, Avondale and Dallington.
The former Burwood School site was identified as the best location for this, close to All Saints Church, another key amenity in the area.
Demand was identified for smaller meeting spaces and accompanying kitchen able to cater for group activities, particularly for older adults.”

The former Burwood Primary School site is now:
https://www.linz.govt.nz/crown-property/acquisition-and-disposal-land/current-crown-property-disposals
Re: former Burwood School Site (255 New Brighton Road) which is currently in the disposal process by Ministry of Education and LINZ.
Attachments: List of disposals as at 30 November 2018
“Pg 5, 3452777, Canterbury, Ministry of Education, 255 New Brighton Road, New Brighton, Christchurch, Disposal Status: Right of First Refusal”

The latest updates from the Coastal-Burwood Community Board are:
http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/11/CBCB_20181105_AGN_2273_AT.htm
“4. Community Board Plan – Update against Outcomes
On 1 October 2018, the Board met to receive and review progress on its Community Board Plan 2017 – 2019, which had been monitored against the Board’s agreed Outcomes and Priorities.
A community facility for Dallington/Burwood was seen as a priority. It was agreed that the Board would next review its Board Plan in June 2019.”
http://christchurch.infocouncil.biz/Open/2018/12/CBCB_20181203_AGN_2277_AT.htm
“5. Deputations by Appointment
Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Group – Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Community Hub, Bebe Frayle and David Collins will speak on behalf of the Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Group regarding the Burwood/Avondale/Dallington Community Hub.”
“5.4.1 Burwood, Avondale and Dallington Community Group
The Burwood, Avondale and Dallington community group meetings continue to happen monthly. The group is supported by Coastal-Burwood Community Governance staff and Board members. The group are currently organising three community events, one in each area as well as a combined event to be held in March of 2019.
The group are completing a feasibility study with regards to having a combined Community Hub to collectively service the three suburbs. The Burwood, Avondale and Dallington areas have dramatically reduced community spaces/places as a result of the 2010/2011 earthquakes with approximately over half of the land and housing lost to the red zone.”

Obviously my concern now is, if the Dallington/Burwood/Avondale community were researched by Sarah Wylie in September 2017, and still have no community centre, and have to wait til June 2019 for the Board to review its Board Plan.

What does this mean for the Shirley/Richmond community, that have been researched by Sarah Wylie in October/November 2018, with a report due to be presented to the Papanui-Innes Community Board early next year, when are we likely to see a community centre?

“Get Creative Christchurch” Website

Welcome to my “Get Creative Christchurch” website:
https://www.getcreativechristchurch.nz/

Our People
Identity | Well-being | Learning | Business | Community | Economy

Our Places | Shirley Community Centre
https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/
Creative Books | Learning Spaces

Our Places | Rise Up Richmond
https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/
Street Art | Sutton’s Place | Māori Heritage Park | River Bank Centre
Kai Town | River Road Park | Retreat Road Park

– April 2018: I started with this ‘project’ https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/imagine/
I created https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/, to collate my ideas/research for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre, as part of my submission to the Christchurch City Council 2018 Long Term Plan.

– May 2018: Presented my verbal submission to the Christchurch City Council’s 2018 Long Term Plan, for the rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre, to create a multi-cultural centre as a “Gateway to the East.”
Mayor Lianne Dalziel said “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.”

– June 2018: I began to look around at our Richmond suburb, and my ideas/research became my “Rise Up Richmond” website https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/.

– July 2018: Regenerate Christchurch asked for feedback on their Red Zone Futures Exhibition: https://engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz/red-zone-futures-exhibition-online
Created https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/red-zones-future-ideas-map-by-joanna-gould/, for my Red Zone Futures ideas.
Created https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/otakaro-avon-river-corridor/, for my Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor feedback:

– August 2018: “Help develop the draft Arts Strategy for Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Have Your Say on the draft Christchurch City Council Arts Strategy 2018.”
https://ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-community/art-museums/toi-otautahi-christchurch-arts.

The rebuild of the Shirley Community Centre (https://www.10shirleyroad.org.nz/) was my starting point, but through my research/community mapping, I realised that there was a need for more in our communities, more opportunities for everyone to find their space/place, and to create a new identity (after the earthquakes) for our communities through creative placemaking (https://www.riseuprichmond.nz/).

We need to “Get Creative” in our placemaking and storytelling of our unique Māori heritage and the Christchurch earthquakes, as we invite people from throughout NZ and all the world to come and see Creative Christchurch.

Joanna Gould | joanna@getcreativechristchurch.nz
Facebook Page | Get Creative Christchurch
Facebook Group | Get Creative Christchurch Group

“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”.