In 2019/2020 we plan to invest $7.2 million to renew and develop assets and $11.6 million to maintain and operate assets as well as provide local programmes and initiatives.
For information on the investment plan, see section 2.12 (page 45) of the supporting information document for the capital spend and operating spend for Ōrākei Local Board 2019/2020.
What we are doing
We are working with our community to enhance our unique ecological environments. This includes projects such as pest eradication in partnership with the Eastern Bays Songbird Initiative.
We have begun the development process for a new and improved Meadowbank Community Centre.
We will also continue to implement our local parks concept plans, including the Colin Maiden Precinct, Kupe South Reserve and Churchill Park. Along with residents and businesses, we are planning to clean up Ōkahu Bay to a Blue Flag Ecological excellence standard.
This year, with significant funding from the board, development will start on the link from Gowing Drive and Kohimarama Road to the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path. We were successful in advocating for its inclusion in Auckland Transport's Regional Land Transport Plan. We also successfully launched the Tamaki Link bus.
What we are proposing
We will continue to deliver the projects you have already identified through the local board plan, so are not proposing major changes to existing budgets or work programmes for 2019/2020.
We want your support so that we can advocate to Auckland Transport for a bylaw to eliminate heavy truck and trailer units from using our local roads as a through-route to and from the port.
We are also proposing to further implement our Local Paths Plan to provide safe walking and cycling access.
Message from the chair
This Local Board Agreement is the second since we adopted our 2017 Ōrākei Local Board Plan. Our residents and businesses set its direction and we continue to implement it. Since then, we have started the development process for a new and improved Meadowbank Community Centre which has been a long time coming. We have also successfully advocated to Auckland Transport for the Tāmaki Link Bus which finally connects the suburbs along Tāmaki Drive from Britomart through to Glen Innes.
Budgets for local boards remain limited, but we propose to continue our focus on improving and enhancing the environment, as well as advocating for and funding projects that provide better transport options for our residents. We will continue the projects that are already underway such as a Gowing Drive and Kohimarama Road linkage to the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path. We intend to extend our already large ecological restoration and pest management projects, including working with community-led groups like the Eastern Bays Songbird Initiative. We have plans to clean Ōkahu Bay up to a Blue Flag Ecological excellence standard.
This year we seek your feedback on transport safety. We have read the statistics and see the initiatives Auckland Transport is carrying out, but we feel one is clearly missed. We would like your support to advocate to Auckland Transport for a bylaw eliminating heavy truck and trailer units from using our local roads as a through-route to and from the port. This aligns with our environmental outcomes, helps reduce congestion and, most importantly, creates improvements to road safety particularly for our most vulnerable users – pedestrians and cyclists.
We take our role in working with our communities seriously, and once again ask you to have your say on our proposals.
Chair, Ōrākei Local Board
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