FEEDBACK CALLED FOR ON QUARRY’S FUTURE
The fate of Three Kings quarry is one of the subjects up for discussion at a series of public open days.
The Puketapapa Local Board has organised the open days to provide residents a forum to give feedback and ideas for a precinct plan that will be fed into the draft Auckland Unitary Plan in May.
The aim is to create a strategy which considers development on the quarry site, in the area around Te Tatua Riukiuta (Big King) and the surrounding Three Kings Plaza and town centre.
Over 150 years the quarry has supplied scoria for some of the city’s major infrastructure including the Auckland Harbour Bridge.
However, the quarry, which has been operated by Winstone Aggregates for the past 90 years, is reaching the end of its life and is being readied for redevelopment.
Winstone Aggregates has begun the process of rehabilitation of the quarry through progressive backfilling – preparing the site for future use.
Mt Roskill MP Phil Goff says the availability of the land represents the biggest development potential on the Auckland isthmus.
Mr Goff is encouraging the community to be proactive in expressing their vision for the area.
‘‘With the adjoining Big King volcanic cone and the natural spring water at the quarry, by using our imagination, we can hugely enhance the environment and attractiveness of the area.’’
Suggestions for redeveloping the 15-hectare quarry at community stakeholders workshops have included residential development and a business park.
‘‘The board is open to any suggestions members of the community have on any of these options or other suggestions and encourages people to get involved and give us their ideas on the plan,’’ Puketapapa Local Board member Nigel Turnbull says.
‘‘The board has not made any decisions on the proposed options and is seeking public feedback.’’
The open days will take place at the Fickling Centre today from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday, 9am to 4pm. Feedback is welcomed and will contribute to the final Three Kings Precinct Plan due for completion in November.