Tide ris­ing on restora­tion

Central Leader - - News - By Heather McCracken

Cam­paign­ers aiming to re­store One­hunga’s fore­shore are mak­ing a last-ditch plea to cen­tral gov­ern­ment for help.

The One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety has launched a pe­ti­tion ask­ing for restora­tion to be in­cluded as part of a planned State High­way 20 up­grade.

Chair­man Jim Jack­son says time is run­ning out be­fore Tran­sit start work on the mo­tor­way widen­ing.

“We’re at the 11th hour now,” he says.

Mr Jack­son says they’ve re­ceived strong po­lit­i­cal sup­port for the idea, but no fund­ing com­mit­ment.

“They all say it’s a great idea, but when you say you’ve got to put fund­ing in they run for miles.”

Tran­sit has twice de­layed sub­mit­ting its out­line of works to Auck­land City Coun­cil, but now ex­pects to lodge it within days.

Once ac­cepted by coun­cil, work can start on the mo­tor­way.

Tran­sit’s plan for State High­way 20 be­tween Man­gere Bridge and Queen­stown Rd was partly ap­proved by re­source con­sent com­mis­sion­ers last year.

But planned recla­ma­tion and up­grade work on the Glouces­ter Park in­ter­change was scrapped af­ter com­mis­sion­ers called for more mit­i­ga­tion.

In­stead Tran­sit plans to widen the mo­tor­way within the ex­ist­ing des­ig­na­tion.

One­hunga res­i­dents say that will sever the wa­ter­front from the com­mu­nity and con­tinue decades of ne­glect.

They are call­ing for a $33 mil­lion restora­tion scheme, in­clud­ing 11 hectares of har­bour recla­ma­tion to cre­ate sandy beaches and wa­ter­front re­serves.

The mo­tor­way would be re­aligned to the west, al­low­ing for a buf­fer of trees next to One­hunga la­goon and an un­der­ground util­i­ties cor­ri­dor.

A Tran­sit spokesman says the out­line of works is likely to be sub­mit­ted by the mid­dle of this month, and staff are cur­rently in dis­cus­sions with Auck­land City Coun­cil.

The out­line will cover mo­tor­way widen­ing from the north side of the Manukau Har­bour bridge to Queen­stown Rd.

To down­load the pe­ti­tion, go to www.toe­so­ci­ety.org. nz.

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