Fu­ture of golf club un­clear

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

RU­MOURS do­ing the rounds in golf­ing cir­cles that the Cham­ber­lain Park Golf Club will be wrapped up and the land it oc­cu­pies used for hous­ing have been dis­missed by the lo­cal board that rep­re­sents the area.

But while that idea may be wide of the mark, change is in the wind for the club one way or an­other.

Con­cerns have been raised by some that the Auck­land Coun­cil had its eye on us­ing the land, which it owns, for hous­ing.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son says there is no sub­stance to the idea of trans­form­ing the 18-hole course into hous­ing.

If any­thing Mt Al­bert is on the hunt for more green space, not less.

‘‘The Al­bert-Eden area is in­cred­i­bly short of open space; we’re strug­gling to find places.’’

The golf course land is zoned for pub­lic open space in the Uni­tary Plan now out for pub­lic pe­rusal.

Mrs An­der­son says she can un­der­stand how with de­bate rag­ing over hous­ing in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion in Auck­land peo­ple could see the logic in such ideas.

‘‘At the end of the day it comes un­der lo­cal board de­ci­sion mak­ing, and our green space is sacro­sanct.’’

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says the board would ve­he­mently op­pose the loss of any green space.

‘‘We are des­per­ate for more so the idea of us­ing any of what we’ve got for hous­ing would not be ac­cept­able to the board.’’

Mr Haynes says that with only 1.6ha out of every 1000 ded­i­cated to parks or sports fields Mt Al­bert has the least green­ery of all Auck­land’s lo­cal board ar­eas.

But the fu­ture of the golf course is un­cer­tain.

Long-stand­ing man­ager Ian Schofield says the club’s lease is up in June for the first time in many years and so far there is no word on whether it will be re­newed.

‘‘There are ru­mours around,’’ he says.

‘‘There’s def­i­nitely change in the wind.

‘‘An­other one is the coun­cil will take the lease on and run the club it­self.

‘‘From what I gather the coun­cil might take over and run it, and keep it as a pub­lic course.’’

The club em­ploys four green keep­ers and four oth­ers in ad­min­is­tra­tion and in the pro-shop and they want to know what the fu­ture holds. ‘‘We’d def­i­nitely like to know. ‘‘I’ve been here 22 years – half my life – and I don’t want to be mov­ing on.’’

He says there would be an out­cry if a golf course was lost to hous­ing.


Green keeper: Lo­cal Board mem­ber Pauline An­der­son says Mt Al­bert needs all the green space it has.

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