A Shovel Award goes to the people of the Christchurch City Council responsible for their “Community Facilities Network Vision” (pdf) to cut local community funding.
The “vision” is to cut $397,000 annually from the Community Facilities budget (as advertised by the Christchurch City Council in the Press, 24, 2008). The public are invited to tell the council how to cut the costs. The consultation process for this will take 18-24 months.
How can such cuts to community amenities be called “visionary”? Visions are meant to be inspiring, to open up possibilities, to create hope and energy. Cuts to community amenities are visionless.
One vision for Community Facilities Networking could be for well-connected local villages that can develop innovative networks which successfully address issues such as food, transport, energy, security, and human care. A visionary question for the public could then be how the Council facilities might support such a networking structure.
The current cost-cutting vision is a powerful public signal, intended or otherwise, that community is seen in Christchurch as a poor relation which is to be made progressively poorer.
What do you think? What’s happening in your area? Send in any nominations for either Ladder or Shovel Awards.