The residents of the northern beaches, who’ve been waiting for a boat ramp for over ten years, will be very disappointed. They must know now a boat ramp on the northern side will never happen. What residents of the northern beaches will get instead is the first stake in the ground for a northern side marine reserve. The Board is proposing to erect conservation signage at Sandy and Enclosure Bays. Why those particular beaches and not others? What conservation issue is there at these locations except for the desire of a few to have a marine reserve there?
If the Keep Our Beaches campaign thought the issue had gone away they need to think again.
And where will the $600k of ‘discretionary’ funding be heading? Most likely on a school pool.
The Board may have abandoned the proposed grab of $1.4 million already budgeted for projects in the first local board plan to gift to Council as a ‘sweetener’ for a community swimming pool but they are gathering as much as they can from all sorts of budgets to spend, I can only surmise, on a swimming pool on Ministry of Education land i.e. a school pool.
It’s been three months since the Waiheke Local Board gave $25,000 of ratepayer’s money to Waiheke High School Board of Trustees, headed by John Stansfield, partner of hard left Green list MP Denise Roche, with no accountability to ratepayers whatsoever, to ‘investigate’ a school pool. What has happened to this money? Apart from a survey on Facebook, which costs nothing, and which most of the community will be unaware of, there appears to have been no action.
Given the lack of accountability and transparency displayed by this Board it’s likely we’ll never have the answers.