Waiheke Marketplace : May 18th 2011
3 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS GROUND STABILIZATION • Up to 900 diameter - 10 meters deep • Slip Retention • Barrier Pile Walls • Retaining Walls • Foundation Drilling & Footing • Pile Ramming Land deveLopers Ltd 372 1115 Mob 027 499 4477 Email email@example.com Wharf at Mechanics Bay to be discussed By GILL ALCOCK An agenda item about an upgrade of the ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay had resident Paul Walden question- ing the decision at the monthly meeting of the Waiheke Local Board. He told the board SeaLink had been granted the lease of the facility until 2025 and that it was the only viable ramp in Auckland from where a ferry service to Waiheke could operate. Mr Walden reminded members of the demise of the current operator s competition which he claimed had brought the cost of vehicular ferry travel down by half. I don t believe we should be upgrading this facility under this regime, Mr Walden said. Instead he suggested the board look at positioning a wharf at Mech- anics Bay where the seaplane ser- vice used to operate from. He said this would create a level playing field for all operators and would be nearer the main arterial routes. Board members referred Mr Walden s suggestions to the next local board transport forum and the June local board meeting where it could be discussed further. Matietie walkway closed By GILL ALCOCK Between a rock and a hard place: Runner Mark Bright negotiates the Matietie walkway between the pohutukawa and water's edge. THE walkway from Matiatia to the woolshed on the beachfront has been closed by the local board because of safety concerns. The original track has over time fallen into the water, leaving trampers the option of crossing the beach when the tide allows or scrambling behind the two pohutukawa trees that fringe the beach at high tide. At the local board meeting last week, Auckland Council parks adviser Gary Wilton told members the state of the walkway was a virtual goat track and was probably two levels below what it should be . It has almost got to the point where I lie awake at night worrying about it, Mr Wilton said. The 20-metre track, known as Matietie walkway, is owned by the Department of Conservation but has seen little or no upkeep since it took possession following the Delamore subdivision, the board was told. Board member Denise Roche asked Mr Wilton if the department had visited and he replied it had, saying the problem had gone right to the top of DOC . He said DOC might offload the walkway issue on to the council if it doesn t cost them anything . But he pointed out the area behind the trees that walkers were accessing was private land so a right of way would be needed or a boardwalk in front of the trees. Answering a question posed by board member Don McKenzie, Mr Wilton told the board it could cost around $200,000 to create the walkway, plus $10,000 a year to keep it upgraded. Deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes asked if the board could take up the offer of a walkway through this area put forward in the new marina proposal to offset the cost. Mr Wilton agreed it could. Chairwoman Faye Storer emphasised the relevance of the track. It s a very important part of the Waiheke walkway net- work, she said. I support a measured approach to get this brought under Auckland Council. The board voted to close the walkway in the interest of avoiding accidents. Council service centre not closing says chairwoman By GEORGE GARDNER Open for business: Board chairwoman Faye Storer has moved fast to quash rumours the council service centre on Waiheke is closing. Local board chairwoman Faye Storer is speaking out to quash rumours that the coun- cil service centre on Belgium St in Ostend will close and all its functions be managed from town. The closure would mean all resource consents, related meetings and any other coun- cil matters regarding build- ing works like getting a LIM would be managed from a central council office in Auck- land. It would also mean the local board would have no meeting place. It s a rumour that seems to have started locally because some staff have resigned, Ms Storer says. I m speaking out now and have asked for a formal response from town to allay any fears residents might have. First I asked the board relationships manager Anna Bray to speak with manager of property Ian McCormick and manager of building con- trol Ian Wheeler, and they have said they know nothing about the service centre on Waiheke closing. All they know is one build- ing inspector has resigned and until that function is replaced it will be managed from town. Now council s chief operat- ing officer Patricia Reade has assured me that the rumour that the Waiheke Service Centre faces closure is com- pletely unfounded. She has also asked those managers with staff on Waiheke to inform them of this. Ms Storer says it is her understanding that the Auck- land Transition Agency -- which managed the supercity handover -- assured both Wai- heke and Great Barrier their respective service centres would remain.
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