In 2019/2020 we plan to invest $9.4 million to renew and develop assets and $12.9 million to maintain and operate assets, as well as provide local programmes and initiatives.
For information on the investment plan, see
section 2.21 (page 63) of the supporting information document for the capital spend and operating spend for Whau Local Board 2019/2020.
What we are doing
Research into the need for a pool and recreation centre to serve the shortfall in the western corridor shows that, ideally, this would be located in the Whau. This area stretches from the Waitākere Ranges, across the Whau and into Albert-Eden and Puketāpapa Local Board areas. The search for suitable land continues.
We'll continue working with Panuku, Auckland Council, HNZC, private developers and the local community to ensure quality development of the Avondale town centre, part of the Panuku Unlock programme
We'll carry on supporting the Whau Coastal Walkway Trust to progress Te Whau Pathway boardwalk connections.
We're also continuing to work closely with Auckland Transport to progress the shared pathway, New Lynn Train Station to Avondale Train Station and the town centre streetscapes.
Other projects for this year include:
- Archibald Park Playground – advance to detailed design
- Memorial Drive and Memorial Square upgrade
- New Lynn Transit Lane repair and improvement, including a public art component
- Te Rewarewa Pathways – improve the stream environment.
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 Whau Local Board Plan.
Message from the chair
At its heart, the Whau Local Board is committed to serving the community and enabling it to thrive in one of the most diverse parts of Auckland.
Our priorities for the 2019/2020 financial year reflect the things that you've said are important to you and will help make Whau a better place to live, work and play. Our priorities are also shaped by feedback we have received in previous consultations.
You have told us that you agree with the projects and priorities we have identified, and we continue to make progress on the delivery of the key initiatives and outcomes in our local board plan.
Whau Pool and Recreation centre – this is our number one priority which we believe should be delivered as soon as possible and are working with wider council to find a suitable location. We know that it will provide benefits wider than just the Whau, so we will be working with neighbouring local boards to progress the project.
Avondale town centre redevelopment as part of the Panuku Unlock programme – this is one of our most exciting projects and great progress has already been made. We will continue to work with Panuku, Housing New Zealand, private developers and the local community to ensure quality development for Avondale, enhancing the area for generations to come.
Shared Community Facilities/Libraries (Avondale) – the board successfully secured funding in 2018/19 10-year Budget for this. We hope to keep this topic as a priority for council to progress.
Te Whau Pathway – boardwalk connections – this is another important project in the area, and we support the Whau Coastal Walkway Trust to progress this link. This will bring focus to the Whau River, enable people to connect with the local environment and provide enhanced access.
This will be a year in which we consolidate what we have committed to in our local board plan. However, we would still like to hear your views so that we can be sure we are heading in the right direction and can plan to meet future needs in our area.
Whau Local Board Chair
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