Mil­lion-dol­lar package for work-af­fected area

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A com­mu­nity strained by the State High­way 20 Water­view Con­nec­tion project has got a multi-mil­lion dol­lar rec­om­pense package head­ing its way.

The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board is to re­ceive $2.9 mil­lion from the New Zealand Trans­port Agency over the next five years.

It comes as com­pen­sa­tion for the dis­rup­tion caused in Water­view by the mo­tor­way project.

It also cov­ers prop­erty ac­qui­si­tions and lease pay­ments.

The money is part of $8 mil­lion be­ing paid to the Auck­land Coun­cil by the agency and is be­ing spread among the lo­cal board ar­eas im­pacted by the work.

Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board and Whau Lo­cal Board will also re­ceive a share.

Plan­ning for how the money will be spent is still un­der way but parks will be a pri­or­ity.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board mem­ber Margi Wat­son says the fund is a sil­ver lin­ing to the ar­rival of the mo­tor­way.

‘‘It’s a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for a com­mu­nity to do some­thing really good.

‘‘It will be spent in the area af­fected and not on the other side of the re­gion. The rest of the re­gion will get the ben­e­fit of the project when they have a bet­ter con­nected mo­tor­way,’’ she says.

Mrs Wat­son says some of the park projects will be as sim­ple as re­plac­ing sig­nage while oth­ers will in­volve pur­chas­ing land.

‘‘There’s not much more I can say really un­til a list of projects has been made,’’ she says.

The NZTA is un­der­tak­ing a num­ber of other restora­tive ven­tures in the area in­clud­ing help­ing to fund a re­build of Water­view Pri­mary School.

Photo: SIMON WATTS

Re­cent per­for­mance: Dave McArt­ney of Hello Sailor per­forms dur­ing the re­u­nion for fa­bled Pon­sonby venue the Glue­pot Tav­ern, in Novem­ber 2012. Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of

PHOTO:JA­SON OXENHAM

Sil­ver lin­ing: The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board is to re­ceive $2.9 mil­lion from the New Zealand Trans­port Agency over the next five years as com­pen­sa­tion for the dis­rup­tion caused in Water­view by the mo­tor­way project.

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