Ostend Rd Footpath Nears Completion
The footpath from Albert Crescent to Wharf Rd along Ostend Rd is nearing completion. This is one of four footpaths currently under construction by Auckland Transport. The others are at Korora Rd, Puriri Rd, and Te Toki Rd. Eight more footpaths are planned over the next two years.
The Waiheke Local Board secured a large part of additional regional money that became available for new footpaths. There have been no new footpaths for nearly a decade so this is an undoubted benefit of being in the new Supercity.
Onetangi Road Works Finished
Auckland Transport (AT) completed the road works along Onetangi Rd last week. Not only has the the road received a new surface but also two new cycle lanes have been added. There are also new bus stops with improved accessibility for passengers. The Waiheke Local Board used $120,000 of it SLIPs (Small Local Improvements) budget to leverage an additional $200,000 from AT to provide cycle lanes on both sides of the road.
Since the Local Board came into being nearly three years ago we've spent a considerable amount of our own budget making walking, cycling and riding safer along this stretch of road. A new footpath/bridle path was added in the 11/12 financial year at a cost of $180,000 stretching from the quarry to just past the golf course. New bus stops, shelters and seats have also been added and view shafts into the services cemetery opened up.
The board has made this area a priority in order to to facilitate economic growth by improving access to the increased number of vineyards and restaurants that have emerged over the past few years. The cycle lanes also promote cycle tourism and walkers are now taking advantage of the other footpath to make their way on foot to Onetangi.
At the same time AT have improved stormwater management by providing either kerb and channel or swales where appropriate. This was done after consultation with Forest and Bird and wetlands protection groups.
As mentioned on my blog, a campaign has also been initiated on the road to try and get drivers to respect speed limits and slow down.
April 13 Board Meeting Resolutions
The full list of resolutions can be found by following this link.
The Board agreed to begin the process of becoming an ‘accessible local board’ for the disabled
SLIPs programmes ·
$40000 for the programme of works contained in the Rangihoua Wetland Restoration Plan ·
$15,000 Opex and $1,000 Capex for the Rangihoua / Onetangi Sports Park Programme of Works, ·
$5900 One heavy duty basketball stand with painted half court boundaries, utilising the existing concrete area in Blackpool Reserve, Nikau Road ·
Approves Te Whau Esplanade Reserve/Wharetana Bay works for delivery in 2012/2013 year
Opposes the incorporation of part of OSP into Whakenewha
The Board opposes the proposal that the bush part of Rangihoua /
Onetangi Sport Park be removed from its status as a local park and incorporated into Whakanewha Regional Park for administration and management by regional parks, for the following reasons: ·
Local decisions need to be made locally. ·
The two areas in question are separated by a road so they are not seen as a whole. ·
The two areas were purchased as separate blocks for different purposes: Rangihoua/Onetangi Sports Park for recreational purposes; Whakanewha for its ecological values. ·
The Board is currently subject to the legacy Auckland City Council Weed Control Policy, which was developed in response to public concerns over the spraying of chemicals. Any change to this would be seen by the public as letting Regional Parks’ more chemical intensive standards apply. ·
Dog control rules differ in the two parks.
If the local park area is incorporated into the regional park, decisions relating to dog access in that specific part of the park will no longer sit with the Board. ·
There is no obvious need for the area in question to be incorporated
into Whakanewha Regional Park. ·
Such incorporation would disrupt the pest and weed control,
revegetation and parks upgrade management programs already in place and under which good progress is being made by the Board and Local and SportsParks . ·
The Board has significant funding committed for pest control and
wetland restoration in this area and the Rangihoua Wetland program is ready to start this financial year. ·
The Board is aware that Regional Parks do not have the necessary
funding to take on this additional resource and would not be prepared to allocate funds to regional parks to undertake these.
Board member Walden requested his vote against be noted.
Round Waiheke Walkway implementation plan
Notes that $47,000 Capex from the 2012/2013 Round Waiheke Walkway budget is already committed for development of the implementation plan leaving.$40,000 Capex uncommitted.
Approves the construction of a toilet at Park Point at a
cost of $35,000, funded from the 2012/2013 Round Waiheke Walkway budget.
Endorses the Waiheke Speed campaign for implementation. ·
Notes that the costings for works on The Esplanade are considerably
less than was estimated and congratulates Auckland Transport on their innovation and economies.
Confirms its support for the Waiheke winding lane road safety advertising sign noting there will be further amendments, and
the design will be bought back to the board at a later date.
Discretionary Funding Round
$2000 to Waiheke Health Trust towards cost of running
Volunteer Hospital Escort Programme
$500 Omiha Welfare and Rec Society
towards planting for revegetation of Pohutukawa Ave
$1500 Onetangi Residents Assn towards reconstruction of sewage tank soak fields
$862 W United Football Club for shelving for club rooms
$500 Cinema towards purchase of new 3D camera
$3000 Kaleidoscope towards materials for the construction of a
$2000 Whitakers Musical Museum towards purchase and delivery
of second hand cinema chairs
Waiheke Recreation Centre
Quarterly Report October - December 2012
Approve payment of $74,897.67 operational grant for 2012/2013 to the Waiheke RecreationCentre Trust following provision of audited accounts.
Request of ATEED and Community events that when staging
significant events, due regard be paid to people going about their
business without undue disruption, particularly using public transport
(including ferries), and that advice of significant events staged in the
downtown area be publicly notified in the Waiheke papers, and that any changes
to transport plans (e.g. bus stops) be consistent between one event and the
other, and that Councillor Lee be requested to assist the Board with this
Community Board Conference
Approves Board Member Walden to attend the Community Board
Conference being held in Wanaka from 9-11 May 2013
New Waiheke Library contractor announced
New contractors, project managers with Faye and I at the the handover
Media release 19 April 2013
Auckland Council has today announced Gibson O’Connor as the new contractor tasked with building the Waiheke Library.
Gibson O’Connor replaces Mainzeal Construction, which went into receivership in February.
Waiheke Local Board Chair Faye Storer says the local board is pleased to see work on the library underway again.
“We know the community has been looking forward to getting the project moving, so we’re delighted with the appointment of a new contractor.”
“Changing contractors has been an unfortunate hiccup in the construction programme, but everything is now back on track. The project is still within the existing $5.1m budget, so there has been no increase. Any costs incurred due to Mainzeal’s situation were covered by the performance bond that was put in place as part of that contract.”
“We hope to be enjoying our new library by this time next year,” she says.
Gibson O’Connor will be using the next few days to establish themselves on site and do some tidying up, before construction work resumes on Monday 22 April.
The anticipated completion date is March 2014, although this may be adjusted in the coming months as the construction programme is finalised. ENDS
27 March 13 Ostend - Footpath works Get Underway
Preliminary work is underway before starting the new footpath from Albert Crescent to Wharf Rd along Ostend Rd. This has been needed for some time but there hasn't been any funding. Waiheke was the main winner out of a new regional footpath fund where we secured funding for four new footpaths in this financial year, and four more in each of the following two financial years. First off the block are Ostend Rd, Te Toki Rd, Puriri Rd and Korora Rd. There have been requests for these footpaths from members of the community going back several years so it is very pleasing that AT and the Local Board have been so successful by working collaboratively to make these gains for the community.
Obviously footpaths are popular. Since the news hit the Waiheke Marketplace I've received calls for footpaths in Shelley Beach Rd, Church Bay Rd, Hamilton Rd, and Seaview Rd.