Foreshore shift rejected
The Onehunga Enhancement Society has lost its bid to shift State Highway 20 west to reclaim more of the Onehunga foreshore.
Neither the Auckland city nor Auckland regional councils support the move, but society chairman Jim Jackson is hopeful the foreshore will still get four new beaches.
At its February 12 meeting, the city council’s city development committee recommended the $10 million the New Zealand Transport Agency would have spent on the shift be put into the foreshore restoration instead.
“We won’t get the westward shift, but we are still seeking 11 hectares of reclamation, including an alltide boat ramp,” says Mr Jackson.
The society also wants the four beaches, a pedestrian bridge connecting Onehunga and the Manukau Harbour, a public ferry terminal and the Sea Scouts moved to a more prominent position overlooking the harbour.
The plan would cost about $40m, only $18m of which is likely to be confirmed.
The committee recommended a $10m contribution from the council towards the foreshore development.
NZTA is looking at contributing $10m, with another $8m earmarked for a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the motorway.
The regional council decided not to commit any funding to the foreshore project at its transport and urban development committee on February 11.
Chairman Mike Lee says it has limited funding and is already putting a significant amount of money into Onehunga’s neglected railway system.
He says it is NZTA’s job to mitigate the effects of the new motorway.
“We are happy to provide other expertise,” he says.
Mr Jackson says while the regional council’s funding position is disappointing, it has agreed to make sure the consent process for the foreshore restoration is a high priority.
“They will also ask the Ports of Auckland if it can undertake a more substantial dredging programme around the Onehunga wharf and use the mud in the foreshore restoration project.”
City council officers have been asked to come up with design options for the $28m in likely funding and look at opportunities to find more money for the foreshore scheme.
Mr Jackson says the society is working with councillor and Maungakiekie MP Sam LotuIiga to secure further funding from central government.
NZTA is expected to make a decision on the final plan for work to start on the project this month.