The Torokiki platform, which emerged out of Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) COVID-19 recovery work, is encouraging locals to submit ideas on how the region can bounce back socially, economically and environmentally.
Many residents have already submitted ideas to Mayor Jim Boult and others within the Council.
“As we entered the recovery stage coming out of lockdown, I started to receive lots of ideas, I even had an idea of my own. Torokiki will help us prioritise and judge the ones which will have the most benefit and impact on the community,” said Boult.
“It’s not just about Council deciding what will be best, but allowing the entire community to input and help drive the ideas. Recovery is about everyone working together.”
Torokiki also requires the community to provide feedback and comment on the ideas of others.
Currently, QLDC is committed to supporting three challenges which centre on important themes for the district, including:
Challenge 1 – How might we diversify the economy for Queenstown Lakes to minimise the effects of future shocks to our district?
Challenge 2 – How might we become more resilient in our respective social communities, towns and district given the recent impacts of COVID-19?
Challenge 3 – How might we reduce our district’s food waste and improve the resilience of our local food system to climate change?
The challenges will be open for six weeks – closing August 30, 2020, when the best idea in each category will be progressed.
“This is a really important part of our recovery process. We need to do some extraordinary things to revitalise our district so we’re looking for some extraordinary ideas submitted to Torokiki,” said Boult.
The Torokiki community aims to be a place of sharing, support, and innovation.
Head to torokiki.hunchbuzz.com to create a user profile and get started.
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