John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board

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John Gillon - Kaipatiki Local Board
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6 hours ago

Northcote Wharf Upgrade Underway

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On Thursday morning I was privileged to attend the whakatau and blessing by Mana Whenua to mark the beginning of the Northcote Wharf renewal project.
Work will now get underway on repairing and upgrading the wharf, with it expected to be completed by the end of the year (weather dependent).
During … View more
On Thursday morning I was privileged to attend the whakatau and blessing by Mana Whenua to mark the beginning of the Northcote Wharf renewal project.
Work will now get underway on repairing and upgrading the wharf, with it expected to be completed by the end of the year (weather dependent).
During the construction, material for the new wharf will be stored at Birkenhead Wharf and barged across to Northcote Point.
This brings to a close the very long advocacy from elected members for the Northcote Wharf to be upgraded and reopened.
Thankyou to everyone who has been involved with progressing the project to this point.

6 hours ago

Osborne Pool at Birkenhead Leisure Centre Now Open!

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The Osborne Pool at Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Birkenhead War Memorial Park, reopened from this morning, in time for the school holidays!

From Saturday 4 July - Sunday 19 July 2020:
* Weekdays: 6am–7pm
* Weekends: 10am–6pm

Following the school holidays, the hours will change to the usual … View more
The Osborne Pool at Birkenhead Leisure Centre, Birkenhead War Memorial Park, reopened from this morning, in time for the school holidays!

From Saturday 4 July - Sunday 19 July 2020:
* Weekdays: 6am–7pm
* Weekends: 10am–6pm

Following the school holidays, the hours will change to the usual Winter hours:

From Monday 20 July 2020 onwards:
* Weekdays: 6am–10.30am and 3.30pm–7.00pm
* Weekends: 10am–6pm
* Public holidays: 10am–6pm

Thankyou to the Birkenhead Pool and Leisure Centre and council's Active Recreation team who have been working really hard to get the pool reopened.
And thankyou to everyone who has contacted Local Board members with their concerns over the pool staying closed. Your advocacy has helped to get it reopened.

Pictured: Kaipātiki Local Board members (L-R) - John Gillon, Adrian Tyler, Ann Hartley, Cindy Schmidt, Paula Gillon, Melanie Kenrick, Danielle Grant, Andrew Shaw

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13 days ago

Update on Vandeleur Reserve Playground

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The new playground at Vandeleur Reserve, Birkdale, is looking great! However the park isn't open yet as there is still work underway on the paths and furniture.

16 days ago

Emergency Budget: Delays to Kauri Track Upgrades

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Auckland Council are proposing to defer many of the bush track upgrades that the Kaipātiki Local Board has secured to protect our precious kauri trees from dieback disease. This will be done as part of a 50% reduction (approx $7mill) to the kauri tracks budget across Auckland in regional and local… View moreAuckland Council are proposing to defer many of the bush track upgrades that the Kaipātiki Local Board has secured to protect our precious kauri trees from dieback disease. This will be done as part of a 50% reduction (approx $7mill) to the kauri tracks budget across Auckland in regional and local parks. [Note: The budget documents incorrectly say it will be a 35% reduction].

This will mean that many tracks we were expecting to re-open or begin work in 2020/21 will will be delayed by 1 or more years. This will have a roll-on effect, meaning that trackwork planned for the following year (2021/22) will also be pushed out, and so on.

The details around this are still to be determined, but will affect the following parks in some way:
* Birkenhead War Memorial Park - Stage 2
* Eskdale Reserve Network - Stage 3
* Fernglen Native Plant Gardens
* Kauri Glen Reserve - Stages 3-4
* Leigh Scenic Reserve - Stages 1-2
* LeRoys Bush Reserve - Stage 3
* Chatswood Reserve - Stages 2-4
* Rangatira Reserve - Stage 2
* Soldiers Bay (track from Island Bay Road)

Fortunately work already contracted will continue, including Eskdale Reserve Network Stage 2, Kauri Glen Reserve Stage 2, LeRoys Bush Reserve Stage 2.

A couple more kauri budget gems:
* "Reduced kauri dieback compliance monitoring through fewer contracted enforcement staff"
* "Some reduction in large pest reduction programme and Kauri dieback research"

Please have your say on the budget here: akhaveyoursay.nz...
Consultation is open until Friday 19 June.

Download PDFs of the consultation document and supporting information here: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz...

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17 days ago

Northcote Point Wharf renewal works about to start

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Great news - work on Northcote Wharf will get underway in the next few weeks after being held up by COVID-19 restrictions. Here is the press release from Auckland Transport:

Northcote Point Wharf renewal works about to start

Auckland Transport (AT) has awarded the construction contract for … View more
Great news - work on Northcote Wharf will get underway in the next few weeks after being held up by COVID-19 restrictions. Here is the press release from Auckland Transport:

Northcote Point Wharf renewal works about to start

Auckland Transport (AT) has awarded the construction contract for renewal works on the Northcote Point Wharf to specialist marine contractor STF.
The award date was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, however, once confirmed, the gangways and other structural elements started being built off site.
Resource Consents have now been received, which will allow work to start on site in a few weeks.
The 60-year-old wharf has been closed for health and safety reasons for two years after structural issues were found.
In addition to the repairs, AT is taking the opportunity to provide ferry users with better shelter, new seating and improved lighting.
“We know that the Northcote community has been waiting for the work to start,” says David Nelson, AT Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects). “Now that the cost of the works has been confirmed, STF appointed, and the consent granted, we are looking forward to the work being completed as soon as possible.”
The project, which will cost up to $2.6 million, is now expected to be completed by the end of this year. Updates will be provided to the community via AT.govt.nz.
“The Northcote Point Wharf is a vital piece of infrastructure linking our community to the city centre and beyond,” says North Shore Ward Councillor Richard Hills. “It will also connect Northern Pathway users in the future. Despite the delay, I’m really excited the project is progressing, our community will appreciate the investment, particularly in light of the dire financial implications of COVID-19.”
The Kaipātiki Local Board is also excited to hear the start of work is imminent. “This is great news for our community,” says Kaipātiki Local Board Chair John Gillon. “The board has strongly supported the reinstatement of the wharf and looks forward to the ferry service resuming at Northcote Point, as soon as possible.”

For more information and to view the project updates visit:
at.govt.nz...

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