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
Upper Harbour is a diverse and vibrant area, expected to be the fastest growing area in the country over the next ten years, in both absolute and percentage population terms, which brings both challenges and opportunity for us.
Our regional consultation, through the 10-year Budget, asks some tough questions of our residents. Without additional targeted spending, there are key areas in the environment and water quality space that will regress. However, the proposed fuel tax means that the interim transport levy per household will be removed.
Our top priority is to secure funding for an indoor, multi-use, multi-sport facility to provide for the daily increasing demand and needs for facilities that we currently struggle to meet.
In addition to this, we are working to provide enduring library services, better public transport options and supporting the development of a marine recreation facility at Hobsonville Point. We will also have a stronger focus on supporting our fantastic volunteers to do what they do so well in the community, environment and sporting areas.
My thanks to you, on behalf of the local board. We truly value your time and effort in responding. Our place is beautiful and we are proud of the facilities we host, but the people we serve, are at the heart of our decision making.
Lisa Whyte - Chair
What we propose in your local board area in 2018/2019
In 2018/2019 we plan to invest $4.6 million to renew and develop assets in our local board area and $14.5 million to maintain and operate these assets, as well as prioritise other local initiatives.
Through consultation on our local board plan 2017, you told us to increase open space provision, provide more indoor court facilities, and how valuable our greenways and native fauna are.
To that end, beyond the maintenance and operation of existing assets in your local board area, we plan to deliver the following local initiatives:
- Connecting our local parks and reserves through "street to street" cycling and pedestrian crossings to improve accessibility and user experience
- Constructing a coastal walkway between Limeburners Reserve and Marina View Drive
- Protecting and conserving Upper Harbour reserves through methods such as restoration planting.
Our key advocacy project
Our key advocacy project is seeking funding for the construction of a sub-regional, multi-use, multi-sport indoor facility for the north-west, which could potentially be located in Whenuapai.
Consultation for the local board plan 2017 revealed that of the 274 responses, the areas that received the most feedback were related to parks, sports and recreation.
Among the various initiatives listed in the local board plan 2017, the investigation and provision of an indoor multi-sport and multi-use sports and recreation facility in Upper Harbour received the greatest amount of support.
A significant number of comments in the submissions mentioned the need for such a facility to cater to the growing developments in Hobsonville and Whenuapai.
A multi-use multi-sport indoor facility will alleviate the local board area's current shortfall in indoor courts, and meet future demand from new developments and growing communities.
However, such a facility does not come without challenges. The two biggest challenges are identifying and acquiring a suitable location with sufficient capacity for users that is both accessible and convenient, and securing the significant amount of funding that will be required.
While we are aware of the pressing need for such a facility, we would appreciate your feedback on the best location for this facility in order to meet the demand in our local board area.
What do you think?
- Have we got our priorities right?
- Do you support locating the sub-regional multi-use, multi-sport indoor facility in Whenuapai to cater to the North West, as opposed to Albany for the North Shore?
- Are there any areas you think the Upper Harbour Local Board should invest in to improve "street to street" cycling and pedestrian connections through our local parks and reserves?
- Do you support construction of a coastal walkway between Limeburners Reserve and Marina View Drive?
- Do you support a focus on restoration planting to protect Upper Harbour reserves? If so, which areas do you think are of higher priority?