Park stop­bank a mile­stone for area

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Merry Christ­mas and sea­son’s greet­ings ev­ery­one.

As Christ­mas comes roar­ing at us, I’d like to start wrap­ping up my year’s weekly col­umns with a fo­cus each week on a par­tic­u­lar Ka¯ piti Coast com­mu­nity.

This week I have a snapshot of the GWRC progress for Waikanae in 2018.

Waikanae River and es­tu­ary: an­other year with no sig­nif­i­cant floods although some smaller events did af­fect the walk­way and some bank ero­sion around Jim Cooke Park.

The Jim Cooke Park stop­bank is now com­plete. A great mile­stone in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Waikanae Flood­plain Man­age­ment plan to help keep the Waikanae com­mu­nity safe from flood­ing.

A pre-hear­ing meet­ing is planned for this month at which we hope to re­solve the last is­sues raised by sub­mit­ters on the changes to the cur­rent Waikanae River re­source con­sents that we have ap­plied for. It will be a great mile­stone if we can get all is­sues re­solved by agree­ment and there­fore al­low­ing the is­su­ing of the con­sent with­out the need for a hear­ing.

A suc­cess­ful Waikanae River walkover was at­tended by over 70 peo­ple this year, the big­gest turnout ever. Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est was the pre­sen­ta­tion from the es­tu­ary care group and the work they have done, or are plan­ning to un­der­take in the sci­en­tific re­serve.

Waikanae bus: ex­ten­sion of the new town­ship route, mean­ing the Waikanae East com­mu­nity gets ac­cess to a new seven day a week bus ser­vice; in­tro­duc­tion of an all new mod­ern bus low emis­sion bus fleet; in­tro­duc­tion of new Snap­per pay­ment card on buses, mak­ing it eas­ier and cheaper to trans­fer be­tween buses; and in­tro­duc­tion of new off-peak dis­counted fares when us­ing Snap­per card.

The bus net­works changes went smoothly through­out the Ka¯ piti Coast. In the lead up to the changes and new ser­vices GWRC had to re­con­sider some planned lo­ca­tions of bus stops in Waikanae in re­sponse to the com­mu­nity, but with the help of the Waikanae Com­mu­nity Board we took the time to lis­ten to peo­ple’s feed­back and is­sues.

Also, the Waikanae train timetable im­prove­ments have been op­er­at­ing with in­creased in­ter-peak ser­vice fre­quency since July, and ad­di­tional train ser­vices in the morn­ing and evening peak since May.

And a re­minder of my con­tact de­tails if you need to get a hold of me 027 664 8869 or penny.gay­[email protected]

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