Onehunga loses out on boat ramp cash
An all-tide boat ramp in Mangere Bridge has been given the go-ahead, despite objections from Onehunga boaties.
The Auckland City Council’s arts, culture and recreation committee approved up to $1 million towards the ramp this month.
It will be built in partner- ship with the Manukau City Council, which will also contribute $1m.
The money had previously been allocated to an Onehunga proposal from the Manukau All-Tide Boat Ramp Trust.
Trust representative Mike Davis said a ramp would be central to the Onehunga foreshore revival.
“I can see the council look- ing very much at budget and I can understand that in these tighter times. The Mangere opportunity seems like the cheap option.
“The issue isn’t going to go away, the problem will still be there for Onehunga.”
Onehunga Enhancement Society chairman Jim Jackson said the Mangere project wasn’t a good use of ratepayers’ money.
Mr Jackson said problems with the Mangere site included a strong cross-tidal current, no parking and limited facilities for changing rooms.
He said developing the existing ramp could be done for about $400,000 and completed in about three or four months, rather than the current two-year time line.
Committee chairman Greg Moyle said the issue with the proposed Onehunga ramp was the escalating costs.
“If both cities combine resources we can do something sooner rather than later. It shouldn’t matter what side it’s on.”
Uncertainty over the State Highway 20 project in Onehunga delayed the original project and pushed costs up to a possible $8m.
Maungakiekie Community Board chairwoman Bridget Graham said the board would prefer a ramp on the Onehunga side.
“It doesn’t have the problems associated with the other side.”
The committee resolved to continue supporting the Mangere project even if the Onehunga group decline to work with them.