Waste of our money

Auckland City Harbour News - - Letters - PHIL CHASE Deputy chair­man Eden-Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board

Mayor Banks and the Cit­i­zens & Ratepay­ers coun­cil have lost sight of the ba­sics in their rush to spend $57 mil­lion on the Rugby World Cup and Eden Park up­grade.

Auck­land ratepay­ers will be pay­ing for ex­pen­sive and un­war­ranted fa­cil­i­ties up­grade and party events, when so many ba­sics across the city are in need of ur­gent work.

The coun­cil is giv­ing us an un­nec­es­sary straight­en­ing of San­dring­ham Rd, the de­mo­li­tion of val­ued Kings­land her­itage houses, and mil­lions squan­dered on tem­po­rar­ily dress­ing up Auck­land city.

In­stead it should in­vest in gen­uine “legacy” com­mu­nity im­prove­ments such as fix­ing bro­ken foot­paths and pur­chas­ing more lo­cal parks in high-need wards like EdenAl­bert.

A frac­tion of this money would pro­vide lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre up­grades, such as much-ne­glected Mt Al­bert, pub­lic safety im­prove­ments and add new com­mu­nity cen­tres.

Our iconic cones need ero­sion con­trol, weed re­moval and track main­te­nance, and Maun­gawhau-Mt Eden is still wait­ing for its man­age­ment plan to be im­ple­mented and qual­ity tourist fa­cil­i­ties in­stalled.

Auck­land city ratepay­ers de­serve to have their rates in­vested in long-term com­mu­nity ba­sics rather than poured into a big spend-up for a one-off sport­ing event of doubt­ful ben­e­fit.

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