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Businesses Celebrate Development Vote Success

This month's news from Devonport Business Association Chairman, John Waugh…

Members of the Devonport business community came together last month to mark the positive outcome of the recent Business Improvement District vote.
The celebration and AGM evening was held at Duder's of Devonport on King Edward Parade, where the Devonport Business Association AGM was also held the same night.  The meeting was run by DBA Chair John Waugh, and President David Barton who thanked BID Project Manager Murray Hill, the Local Board and Auckland Council for helping to make the BID initiative happen for Devonport. The village last tried for BID status in 2002, but local businesses failed to get behind the plan. Murray Hill presented a verbal report at the meeting, and heralded the BID success as 'a flying start in developing Devonport as one of Auckland's premium business districts.'
The Local Board has now accepted and approved the Devonport BID status and the DBA has now signed a five year Partnering Agreement with Auckland Council that includes for example that:
- The DBA agrees to work with and abide by the Auckland Region BID Policy
- To manage and operate the DBA to a professional standard
- The parties agree to consider undertaking activities that contribute to local economic development.
This will involve negotiating a memorandum of understanding to outline the desired relationship principals and working practices primarily to ensure we achieve the aims of the BID model.

by John Waugh

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