Pe­ti­tion for golf course

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ELESHA ED­MONDS

Golfers have launched a pe­ti­tion in a last-ditch at­tempt to save one of Auck­land’s only pub­lic golf cour­ses.

The Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board last year ap­proved a de­sign for the fu­ture use of the 32.3 hectare Cham­ber­lain Park which in­cludes re­duc­ing the course to nine holes.

But the de­ci­sion came with strong op­po­si­tion from the park’s golfers who say the cur­rent 18-hole course is a city­wide as­set.

Richard Quince, one of the pe­ti­tion or­gan­is­ers, says the fu­ture of the park should not be de­ter­mined by the lo­cal board.

In­stead Quince says the new mayor af­ter the elec­tion should de­cide the park’s fate as it will af­fect res­i­dents across Auck­land.

‘‘With the pro­posed in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion un­der the Uni­tary Plan the im­por­tance of a well-lo­cated re­source like Cham­ber­lain Park can only in­crease.’’

The new de­sign for the park also in­cludes a driv­ing range, two multi-use sports fields and a pedes­trian and cy­cle path through the eastern edge of the site.

Plan­ning is near com­ple­tion how­ever the fi­nal de­ci­sion to go ahead with the rede­vel­op­ment will not be made un­til af­ter the lo­cal board elec­tions in Oc­to­ber.

Quince says the pe­ti­tion will be pre­sented to the new Auck­land mayor and Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board.

Visit savec­park.org to view the pe­ti­tion.

Richard Quince and Ge­off Sense­call don’t want to see their 18-hole golf course carved up.

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