Task force formed

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Lisa Sloan

Mt Al­bert res­i­dents are de­vis­ing a plan to tackle is­sues in their neigh­bour­hood.

Around 130 peo­ple gath­ered for the Mt Al­bert Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing on June 11 to dis­cuss the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the sub­urb.

Is­sues such as rub­bish in the main shop­ping vil­lage, graf­fiti at the train sta­tion, the degra­da­tion of the moun­tain and a pro­posed hous­ing New Zealand de­vel­op­ment were all dis­cussed in de­tail.

Mem­bers pro­posed to form a Mt Al­bert busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion to be the cen­tral point for com­mu­ni­ca­tion with coun­cil and other au­thor­i­ties about is­sues of con­cern.

They are also en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to stop pick­ing up lit­ter and in­stead re­port it to the coun­cil so they can get an idea of how bad the sit­u­a­tion is.

They also want peo­ple to re­port oc­cur­rences of graf­fiti im­me­di­ately and ask the coun­cil to come out and clean it within 48 hours.

To im­prove the train sta­tion, res­i­dents sug­gested the carpark next to the old post of­fice build­ing be de­vel­oped as a plaza and con­nec­tion to the rail­way sta­tion to im­prove ac­cess and make the area safer.

On July 5 res­i­dents will also paint over graf­fiti at the Mt Al­bert shops and all are wel­come to come and help out.

Group mem­ber Tony Mayes says the more peo­ple who join the fight, the bet­ter.

“We need to be the eyes of the com­mu­nity and keep go­ing to meet­ings and talk­ing to coun­cil­lors,” he says.

For in­for­ma­tion call Mary on 8464509 or email mary@jnz-ent.co.nz.

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