Ratepayer fund­ing for $800k lights

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - TOM CARNEGIE

Auck­land’s Queen Street may soon by glow­ing un­der new fes­tive lights that would cost about $300,000 of ratepayer money.

Auck­land Coun­cil has agreed in prin­ci­ple to a con­cept to light 118 trees and 70 street poles on Queen St be­tween Cus­toms St to May­oral Drive in Auck­land’s CBD.

The es­ti­mated cost to in­stall the lights is $800,000 and on­go­ing main­te­nance would be man­aged by Auck­land Coun­cil.

The pro­posal, worked on by pub­licly funded busi­ness group Heart of the City, rec­om­mended $300,000 of ratepayer money be spent on in­stal­la­tion.

An­other $300,000 will come from Heart of the City. The re­main­ing $200,000 for the project is pro­posed to come from a pri­vate com­mer­cial spon­sor.

In 2015 it was re­vealed Heart of the City had re­ceived $20m of ratepayer cash over the pre­vi­ous five years.

Auck­land Coun­cil’s Auck­land City Cen­tre Ad­vi­sory Board agreed in prin­ci­ple of the pro­posal on De­cem­ber 8.

Board mem­ber Mike Lee said he thinks the lights are a bril­liant idea for the city cen­tre.

The board’s open agenda said the lights would play an im­por­tant role in the growth of the city cen­tre.

‘‘The lights would add vi­brancy to the evolv­ing city land­scape,’’ the agenda said.

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Un­der the pro­posed fund­ing model ratepay­ers will pay about $300,000 for the lights.

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