In 2019/2020 we plan to invest $4.2 million to renew and develop assets and $9 million to maintain and operate assets, as well as provide local programmes and initiatives.
For information on the investment plan, see section 2.15 (page 51) of the supporting information document for the capital spend and operating spend for Puketāpapa Local Board 2019/2020.
What we are doing
Good progress was made last year on infrastructure works, including the Harold Long Reserve/Fearon Park development and the Walmsley/Underwood Park stream naturalisation and play areas. These flood reduction works will continue in 2019.
It is anticipated that construction of the second section of the Waikowhai coastal boardwalk will start in 2019 too.
Our Children's Panels are coming up with ideas they think will enhance Puketāpapa and we'll be implementing some of these ideas in the coming years.
The new Puketāpapa Youth Board is developing its work programme, and will deliver a range of initiatives, building on its previous achievements.
The board's focus on carbon reduction and stream restoration continues. Our Low Carbon Plan helps guide this. The restoration of Te Auaunga/Oakley Creek is a long-term project and recent progress has focused on the development of a tohu (symbol) that will help identify the awa (waterway). A new toolkit of ideas will enhance our communities' connection to this taonga (treasure).
What we are proposing
We're not proposing major changes to the existing work programme for 2019/2020 as we continue to deliver the projects identified in our 2017 Local Board Plan.
Message from the chair
Last year was a big year of engagement with the community as council developed its 10-year Budget 2018-28. This gave us a great opportunity to check that we are on the right track.
Based on this, we have a 'steady as she goes' philosophy this year. Our focus is to complete the projects we have started and to deliver on our 2017 Local Board Plan priorities.
The big infrastructure works at Harold Long Reserve/Fearon Park and Walmsley/Underwood Park will continue next year. We also anticipate that the construction of the second section of the Waikowhai Coastal boardwalk will get underway.
A key priority for the board is the environment, particularly with carbon reduction and stream restoration. Our Low Carbon Plan helps guide this work and we have a range of initiatives underway. The restoration of Te Auaunga / Oakley Creek is one of our long-term projects. I acknowledge the support of our mana whenua partners and the Friends of Oakley Creek in this important work. Recent progress has focussed on the development of a tohu (symbol) that will help identify the awa (waterway). A new toolkit of design options will help further enhance our communities' connection to this taonga (treasure).
There is great work happening in the community. We will continue to provide our popular community events and have set up several ways for people to share ideas. Our Children's Panels continue to generate ideas about what they believe would enhance Puketapapa. We will be implementing some of these ideas in the coming years. The new Puketapapa Youth Board has formed and is developing its work programme, building on its previous achievements. We have our own Community Forum, which we hold every month. I am pleased to say that attendance in this is steadily increasing. Meetings such as this help us keep in touch with the people that we represent.
We are keen to know what you think of our approach for next year.
Chair, Puketāpapa Local Board
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