The Shape Auckland website consultation on the proposed redevelopment of Chamberlain Park includes costings which reveal a wide variation in cost estimates. Including Waititiko restoration and public access and connection, the costs for each scenario range as follows:
Scenario 1: $5-$18.2 million. Scenario 2: $9.8 -$29 million. Scenario 3: $15.1-$34.9 million. Scenario 4: $12.8-$29.8 million (excluding the cost of the proposed aquatic centre).
These are significant costs, and their impact on ratepayers should not be underestimated.
In addition, a quick check of new aquatic centres recently built elsewhere indicates that costs could well be in the $40-$50 million range.
It would be of assistance in the consultation process if the Albert-Eden Local Board was to advise if it has received any costings for the proposed aquatic centre, and what they are if they have been received.
Any consultation process which does not provide full information is inherently flawed, which compromises the results and ignores the high usage of Chamberlain Park by citizens from all over Auckland.