Park stopbank a milestone for area
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]