Franklin has it’s history from all parts of the world –
I’m being a bit lazy here, in that one of our local papers/mags does a great job of capturing bits and bobs from the regions history, which I thought that I would share further. It really is quite interesting how things come about. This case in point is from Clarks Beach – Torkar Road, in fact – so here is some interesting reading : –
According to reports , the site of Wesley College will be “transformed into a liveable town”.
Most of the college buildings, barring the historic chapel and a handful of newer buildings, will be demolished and relocated elsewhere. The sale of the sections will help secure the school’s future and fund the rest of the development.
Wesley College Trust Board general secretary Chris Johnston said the investment returns were crucial.
“The key beneficiary is Wesley College which provides for economically disadvantaged students.”
He said the plan was to transform the area and make it into the “most liveable town, within the most liveable city”.
Once built, the town would offer terraced homes, apartments, stand-alone houses, a primary school, high school, retail developments, green spaces, natural reserves and a retirement village – all interlinked with cycle, walking trails and public transport………….
………..”The rezoning will open up the Pukekohe area for new infrastructure and should provide new opportunities for those looking to live close to Auckland city.”
Pukekohe Business Association manager Kendyl Gibson said the added growth would help increase business capacity and enable residents to work locally. Plans for a high school were particularly welcome………….
……….Before any land is dug up the finer details need to be finalised, then an application for development consent could be lodged next year.
The idea of an information centre in Tuakau has been floated, off and on, for many years now, but it will need the support and communication of local businesses, groups and other entities.
The community and businesses will need to discuss where and what they want for the area, for this to come to fruition for the benefit of not only Tuakau, but the wider region. There will be questions to look at and answer – Is it best to continue along the current path of many businesses working to promote themselves on a slightly more individual basis, either through Waikato and/or Franklin as a whole? Should all of the regions businesses and tourism interested groups, all communicate to make one over-arching place with whom to work as a Southern Auckland/Northern Waikato region??
Many areas will have been through similar procedures when trying to get the best for their areas.
Maybe the issue here though, is how to deal with promotion and “getting noticed” since the “Franklin” region became split, with the Supercity structure officially putting Franklin’s southern areas into the Waikato.