The Boat Club has been given around $300,000 of ratepayers money to clean up the mess on the Causeway Reserve. It doesn’t have the expertise to do so. Therefore it has done what should have been done in the first place without its intervention and use Council’s own contractors, Downer, for the job.
But many questions remain including the waste of ratepayers money in the double handling of the management of the clean-up.
For the Attention of the Waiheke Boat Club Committee
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
I am writing as a resident of Ostend and as a person previously involved in the battle for better launching facilities for us boaties on the island. A good friend of Roy Skinner at the time, I did all the paperwork that Roy couldn't, the meetings on the island and in town and managed to get the Wharf Road and Kennedy Point ramps over the line.
Other submissions for Owanake and an emergency facility at Orapiu did not get past TARS ( Traffic and Roading Systems) at the Council. Since those days TARS has been renamed and absorbed into Auckland Transport. I make mention of this work several years ago, not to big note myself, but to establish some credibility for now making some comments on the situation at the Ostend Causeway and Wharf Road.
My main concern has been and is, the state of the Causeway, Wharf Road and the adjacent Bay Area. This has been a disgraceful dumping ground for most of the last 20 years that I have been resident here. No one necessarily objects to a quality nautical village, owned boats and Bernard Rhodes methodical repair jobs being kept on public land and in impeccable condition. But leaking, leaning, rotting rubbish tips? No thank you.
I have written many letters and emails to the Local Board, the Harbour Board, the Auckland Councillors, Mike Lee and direct to Council executives. Generally these go round in a circle like a greasy football is passed from hand to hand with no forward motion.
So the Local Board refers me to the Council who refer me to the Harbourmaster who refers me back to the Local Board. Great. Maybe there is a little bit of back room protection going on but remember this is all public space, not private for any pressure group to make the rules and standards that suit them and not everyone in the community.
I understand your team is now tasked with supervising the development of a sea wall and adjacent storage and parking on the seaward side of The Causeway. Perhaps you can let me know exactly what the plan is for this which I believe includes a footpath and cycle way. Local residents don't seem to be in the loop.
Secondly there is the problem of the old wrecks, now mainly in the water at varying distances to the shore. Many of these have gone nowhere and should be an essential part of any clean-up. If the boating community in our area is to have any credibility a ruthless weeding out of rubbish is overdue.
Let's move the island ahead and develop a marine establishment in the bay that we can all be proud of. Hope my comments meet with your support.