Golfers op­pose re­duc­tion

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - TOM CARNEGIE

Golfers are fight­ing plans to re­duce the size of a cen­tral Auck­land 18-hole golf course.

A de­sign for the fu­ture use of the 32.3 hectare Cham­ber­lain Park was ap­proved by the Al­bertE­den Lo­cal Board in Au­gust 2015.

The plans, which in­clude re­duc­ing the course to nine holes, have faced strong op­po­si­tion from golfers, who have ral­lied to­gether to form the Save Cham­ber­lain Park Task Force.

The group has started an on­line pe­ti­tion that has at­tracted more than 3500 sig­na­tures to keep the course at 18 holes.

The new de­sign for the park also in­cludes a driv­ing range, two multi-use sports fields and a pub­lic park.

Last week a ‘‘save Cham­ber­lain Park’’ ban­ner was erected on the St Luke’s Rd mo­tor­way on ramp, ad­ja­cent to the golf course.

Save Cham­ber­lain Park mem­ber John Kriletich said the group was con­sid­er­ing more protest ac­tion.

Lo­cal board chair­man Peter Haynes said pub­lic space had be­come a lux­ury in the Auck­land isth­mus and Cham­ber­lain Park needed to be bet­ter utilised for the wider com­mu­nity.

Haynes said the de­vel­op­ment would be car­ried out in two stages, he said he hoped stage one would start within a year.

The nine-hole golf course would be de­signed by some of the best golf course de­sign­ers in the coun­try, Haynes said.

TOM CARNEGIE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Cham­ber­lain Park golfers have erected a ban­ner call­ing for the pub­lic to help save the 18-hole golf course.

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