Each year we plan the projects and initiatives we will deliver in your local board area. These are based on our 2017 Local Board Plan, which sets our three-year direction.
We are seeking your input on our proposals for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Message from the chair
I am pleased to present our priorities for 2018/2019, which enable Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board to continue to deliver on outcomes agreed in our 2017 local board plan.
It's been three years since we made the major commitment to complete construction of the earthworks, car-parks and driveways at Colin Dale Park. Six motorsport groups have now started building their own facilities.
The board believes it is now time for Colin Dale Park to become a regional park, funded by the whole of Auckland, recognising that with the motorsport activities established, it will be a key part of the region's motorsport facilities.
Our major local capital investment priorities will be to develop the Ngāti-Ōtara Park multisport complex, renew the Kingswood Reserve changing room/toilet block, and a new destination playground at Hayman Park.
We know that there is widespread support for these key projects. We now want to focus feedback on some other ideas.
We want to provide public open space at Hunters Corner, on Sutton Crescent, as part of our ongoing support for our town centres. Developing improved sports field playing surfaces and lighting is another of our goals.
Our support for the health and wellbeing of our communities will remain strong including enabling adults to access Ōtara-Papatoetoe swimming pools at no charge, funded through a targeted rate.
Additionally, we will advocate to Auckland Transport for light rail between the airport, Manukau and Botany to become a reality.
To help us set our priorities for the next few years, we need your thoughts. Please give us you feedback to tell us if you think we are on the right track.
What we propose in your local board area in 2018/2019
In 2018/2019 we plan to invest $9.7 million to renew and develop assets in your local board area and $21.1 million to maintain and operate these assets and provide other local initiatives.
We also want to prioritise these local initiatives out of our local board plan:
- Advocating to Auckland Transport to build light rail from the airport to Manukau and on to Botany, starting with immediate route protection.
- Investing in improved playing surfaces and lighting in our sports parks, to deal with the growth in demand in Otara-Papatoetoe.
- Developing public open space at Hunters Corner shopping centre, on Sutton Crescent, for people to meet and relax.
- Delivering free adult entry to swimming pools to secure important social and public health benefits. The board is proposing to continue to pay for this through a targeted rate, estimated at $29.94 per household in 2018-2019.
Our key advocacy project
The local board is advocating to the Governing Body for Colin Dale Park to become a regional park.
Colin Dale Park is a major venue for several motor sports and attracts competitors and fans from across Auckland. It is therefore appropriate for the costs of this facility to be spread across Auckland, rather than falling just on the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board.
Making Colin Dale Park a regional park would relieve the board of future development and running costs, as well as ongoing liability for $2.8 million borrowed in the past.
What do you think?
- Have we got our priorities right?
- Do you support the board advocating to Auckland Transport to build light rail from the airport to Manukau and on to Botany, commencing with route protection?
- Do you agree with investing in improved sports field playing surfaces and lighting, to meet growing demand for sports fields in Ōtara-Papatoetoe?
- Do you support the development of public open space at Hunters Corner shopping centre on Sutton Crescent?
- Do you agree that free adult entry to swimming pools delivers important social and public health benefits?
Our key advocacy project:
- Do you support Colin Dale Park being recognised as a regional facility and becoming a regional park, with the development costs spread across Auckland ratepayers?