Lo­cal boards lay out draft plans

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Bet­ter trans­port links, vi­brant com­mu­nity hubs and in­vest­ment in parks and open spa­ces are all a pri­or­ity for Auck­land’s cen­tral lo­cal boards.

Al­bert-Eden, Puke­ta­papa, Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki and Waitem­ata lo­cal boards are all seek­ing feed­back on their draft lo­cal board plan, which in­cludes projects and fo­cus ar­eas for the next three years.

De­spite ev­ery lo­cal board in the cen­tral re­gion ex­tend­ing over dif­fer­ent sub­urbs and pop­u­la­tions, their draft plans for the next three years have a sim­i­lar fo­cus.

De­vel­oped ev­ery three years, lo­cal board plans set the di­rec­tion and the pri­or­i­ties lo­cal boards will fo­cus on.

Al­bert-Eden’s key fo­cus ar­eas will be to se­cure the fu­ture of the Mt Al­bert Aquatic Cen­tre, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Cham­ber­lain Park Mas­ter­plan and en­sur­ing town cen­tres and lo­cal economies thrive.

Chair Peter Haynes said dur­ing the next term the fu­ture of the aquatic cen­tre would be a pri­or­ity.

‘‘It’s no se­cret the pool will have to move from its lo­ca­tion at Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School, and we need the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand the is­sue, and we do ev­ery- thing they can so we can keep a pool in Mt Al­bert.’’

Pueke­ta­papa’s fo­cus area for the next term would be the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Three Kings Plaza Mas­ter­plan.

The plaza needs an up­grade to pre­pare for the Three Kings Quarry hous­ing devel­op­ment adding 1500 new homes to the area.

The board is also look­ing at con­tin­u­ing work on parks and fo­cussing on ef­fi­cient trans­port choices in­clud­ing advocating for light rail.

Waitem­ata lo­cal board chair Pippa Coom said it was im­por­tant com­mu­nity mem­bers had their say on the plans.

The board planned to con­tinue work to­wards creat­ing healthy, con­nected, vi­brant and in­clu­sive com­mu­ni­ties.

The fo­cus of the Maun­gakiekieTa­maki Lo­cal Board for the next three years is col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The board wants to work with other or­gan­i­sa­tions and pre­pare for growth and re­de­vel­op­ment of the ward, en­sur­ing up­grades to in­fra­struc­ture to deal with an in­flux in new res­i­dents.

Go to sha­peauck­land.co.nz to view the lo­cal board plans in full and have your say be­fore June 30.

SI­MON MAUDE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Im­proved trans­port links and cleaner wa­ter­ways is a fo­cus for some of Auck­land’s lo­cal boards.

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