Wan­ton waste

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

It is dis­ap­point­ing to see the Al­bert-Eden Board fast-track the re­de­vel­op­ment of Cham­ber­lain Park Golf Course.

Not only does it not have cost­ings (in spite of al­ready hav­ing paid con­sul­tants on the job for a num­ber of months), it has no public man­date for driv­ing this change.

Yet by press­ing the go but­ton the board chair­man Peter Haynes has com­mit­ted ratepay­ers to tens of thou­sands of dol­lars in costs as plans etc are de­vel­oped – a process which will please the many con­sul­tants who feed off such ac­tiv­i­ties.

Then if they man­age to take this to the next stage, the cost to rate pay­ers will be in the multi mil­lions of dol­lars – an aquatic cen­tre, a driv­ing range, road ways, car park­ing (re­plac­ing green spa­ces), sports fields along with ex­plo­sives to level the basalt rock be­low; the list goes on and the costs will just grow.

The irony is that right next door to Cham­ber­lain Park is an aquatic cen­tre, ex­ten­sive sports fields, parks, walk­ways, bike­ways, mu­se­ums and a zoo.

By mess­ing with what is there the board also risks los­ing pa­tron­age – cur­rently it is es­ti­mated that the golf course gen­er­ates $1m in rev­enue a year.

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