I’ve just made my submission regarding the Christchurch City Plan (deadline today 5 pm). The plan itself is fascinating and has a lot of innovative features. One of the issues I have talked about in my submission is the development of a Science Education Centre – replacing our current Science Alive! Centre which was red stickered after the earthquakes. With three local tertiary institutions all teaching science (Lincoln University, University of Canterbury and Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology) plus Otago Medical School at Christchurch Hospital who could be involved with the new centre, a purpose build reincarnation of Science Alive seems like a great idea to me.
Other ideas in the plan include a large sports hub just off the central city near the damaged AMI stadium which would include swimming and sports facilities (replacing those damaged in the quakes). If the AMI stadium is rebuilt this would provide a phenomenal sportsand health resource. Also better cycling paths are in the plan, which I think is a great idea. When I working in Oulu, Finland the cycling was so safe and enjoyable – weaving in and out of forests and past the occasional lake. Christchurch has the opportunity to do the same.
Fingers crossed that those reading the submissions see the value of a strong science and innovation presence in Christchurch.