Bay petition given to MP
A 2500-signature petition urging for restoration of Onehunga Bay will be presented to Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff tomorrow.
The Onehunga Enhancement Society wants the government to ensure the work is completed as part of the State Highway 20 upgrade.
Parliament hopeful Carol Beaumont is also backing the residents’ campaign.
The Labour candidate for Maungakiekie has written an open letter urging agencies to work together to fund the restoration work.
“By showing real leadership and cooperating there is an opportunity to significantly improve the Onehunga foreshore which was ruined by the motorway construction in the 1970s. There is a need for urgent commitment by Transit, Auckland City Council and Auckland Regional Council.”
Ms Beaumont says the Manukau Harbour has been treated as a “poor cousin” to the Waitemata, with significant ratepayer cash going into resanding beaches along Tamaki Drive.
The council will this month consider Transit’s outline plan of works on the highway widening project due to start this year. The plan does not include restoration and mitigation work championed by residents.
The petition will be presented at 189 Onehunga Mall at 9.30am.