Former city councillor to lead new red zone group

Photo: Newsline/CCC
Photo: Newsline/CCC
A new group that aims to transform Christchurch's red zones has got a new leader.

Former city councillor Chrissie Williams has been appointed chairwoman of the Christchurch Red Zones Transformative Land Use Consultative Group by Christchurch City Council in consultation with Ngāi Tahu and Land Information New Zealand.

The group will be made up of members from the community, iwi and local community boards.

It will provide advice and make recommendations to the city council and Government on initiatives, ideas and activities to transform the city’s red zone land in Brooklands, the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, Southshore, South New Brighton and the Port Hills.

Chrissie Williams. Photo: Newsline/CCC
Chrissie Williams. Photo: Newsline/CCC
Ms Williams has spent the past eight years working within a number of organisations to provide strategic advice on recovery and regeneration projects.

She said the group will consider projects that create vibrancy in the red zone areas.

"Successful projects should benefit the community and the environment or address sustainability or ecological challenges," Ms Williams said.

"Each of the areas has opportunities and constraints and potential for transformative projects to strengthen the connection with adjacent communities."

The council is also seeking five community members to be part of the group, including a youth member, three members with a focus on the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor, and a wider community representative.

The deadline for applications is February 7. Applications can be made online or by filling out a form available at any city libraries or service centre.

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