One­hunga loses out on boat ramp cash

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

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