Fore­shore shift re­jected

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

Jim Jack­son

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