Sub­urb fights alone

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Heather McCracken

IS­MAIL MOUSA has been clean­ing up rub­bish and bro­ken bot­tles in Mt Al­bert ev­ery day for 10 years.

Mr Mousa, from Kuwait, says help­ing out makes him happy.

“Peo­ple in this coun­try should be help­ing each other,” he says.

But he’s be­com­ing frus­trated by the lack of as­sis­tance from Auck­land City Coun­cil.

“Some­times I go away and come back and find pa­pers blow­ing around and bot­tles blow­ing around,” he says.

“There should be some­one who cares for this area.”

But Mt Al­bert has been left out of the coun­cil’s pro­posed bud­get top-up for street clean­ing.

Re­muera, Mis­sion Bay and St He­liers are among the eight sub­urbs in line for ex­tra at­ten­tion.

Eden Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son is frus­trated at miss­ing out.

“I’ve lived here for nearly 22 years and I’m sick of the fact Mt Al­bert gets noth­ing,” she says.

“The few nice things we have got are the di­rect re­sult of the busi­ness own­ers do­ing the hard work.”

She says the work shouldn’t be left to res­i­dents like Mr Mousa.

“I don’t think we have any idea how much he ac­tu­ally does. With­out him good­ness knows what the place would look like.”

Mt Al­bert does re­ceive 90 min­utes of street clean­ing ser­vices a day, more than sev­eral other cen­tres.

Sub­urbs miss­ing out en­tirely in­clude Mt Eden Vil­lage, Bal­moral, Royal Oak, Green­woods Cor­ner and all of Do­min­ion Rd’s shop­ping strips.

The pro­posed bud­get in­crease would give St He­liers, Eller­slie and Mis­sion Bay ser­vice for the first time.

Re­muera, One­hunga, Glen Innes, Otahuhu and Pan­mure would get a top-up on ex­ist­ing lev­els.

Town cen­tres were cho­sen for the $400,000 bud­get boost based on de­mand for ser­vice and the need to have the same level of clean­li­ness across the city.

Maun­gakiekie Com­mu­nity Board chair­woman Brid­get Gra­ham says she’s thrilled to see One­hunga on the list.

“We have brought up in an­nual plan sub­mis­sions quite of­ten that ex­tra clean­ing is needed,” she says.

“I’m de­lighted that at last some­one has de­cided the cen­tres aren’t clean enough.”

Street amenity ser­vices man­ager Kevin Mar­riott says clean­ing or­der­lies work dur­ing day­time hours to clean up lit­ter, empty bins, re­move graf­fiti and ser­vice pub­lic toi­lets.

Com­mu­nity boards will have a chance to com­ment on the pro­posal be­fore be­ing signed off by the arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee.

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Clean up: Pauline An­der­son with some of the bot­tles col­lected by Is­mail Mousa from the Mt Al­bert shops. Ms An­der­son says Auck­land City Coun­cil should be do­ing more to help with the clean-up.

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