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• Better council-controlled organisation community engagement.
Keeping costs down The Ōrākei Local Board has continued to advocate for organisational savings while delivering new assets and improved services.
Since Auckland Council was established, it has succeeded in achieving savings of $180 million per year over the last five years by working smarter and better to achieve efficiency gains, where the council delivers the same, or better, levels of service for a lower cost than originally budgeted.
Regulatory Review of Alcohol Bans In response to a legislative requirement, all alcohol bans in the Local Board area were reviewed. In order to uphold alcohol bans for each location, evidence of alcohol-related crime and disorder was gathered and assessed according to national criteria.
Following public notification and consultation during June and July 2015, evidence and feedback was provided by 61 submitters. A hearing panel considered the evidence in each submission and retained 147 alcohol bans, with only two bans lapsing.
Dog Access bylaw review Over 2015 we worked hard to balance the needs of dog owners and their pets with those of non-dog owners and wildlife in deciding on dog access rules.
Many of the existing off-leash areas have been maintained and the Local Board aimed to improve some of those areas, including formally enabling off-leash exercise around the perimeters of Thomas Bloodworth Park and Shore Road Reserve.
36 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 While much of the off-leash access has been upheld at Churchill Park, the Local Board has worked hard to raise awareness of ecology at the park and adjacent to the Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve in particular.
The Ōrākei Local Board area has a large number of off-leash exercise areas compared to other Local Board areas, while only 20 per cent of the Local Board area is dog-owning households.
Local Board member Troy Churton with members of the community at Shore Road Reserve Local Board feedback on bylaws, policies and plans and central government legislation Over the term the Local Board has engaged with the community and provided
feedback to the governing body or central government on the following:
• Proposed Variation to the Development Contributions Policy 2015 • Draft Auckland Domain Master Plan • Draft Business Improvement District Policy (2016) • Draft Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Plan • Draft Regional Pest Management Plan review • Productivity Commission’s Using Land for Housing report • Draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-2025 • Draft Local Approved Product Policy.
37 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Advocacy of benefit to ratepayers Colin Maiden Park Master Plan In one of the most significant urban park acquisitions in Auckland, the Ōrākei Local Board played a key role during late 2013 in advocating for the council purchase of Colin Maiden Park from the University of Auckland.
Together with the neighbouring Ngahue Reserve, the purchase creates a 44 hectare multi-discipline sport, open space centre and ensures that the valuable area of open space is retained in public ownership.
Colin Maiden Park
The Ōrākei Local Board thanks everyone who made a submission on the Colin Maiden Park Master Plan. The consultation, which provided three potential scenarios for the park, attracted a large amount of interest from the community with the final version planned for sign off in August 2016.
38 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 The Tāmaki Drive Master Plan With the active support of the Mayor, Auckland Transport (AT), Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), Waterfront Auckland and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, the Ōrākei Local Board developed the first truly collaborative council master plan - The Tāmaki Drive Master Plan - in consultation with its community.
Tāmaki Drive Master Plan
The master plan aims to establish a bold vision for Tāmaki Drive, “the place”, incorporating the road corridor and is intended to address ad-hoc decision-making which has hampered projects in the past.
The Local Board has been working hard to deliver on the implementation of the master plan and a number of the initiatives which have been developed or which are underway have been outlined in this report.
Ngahue Reserve The Ōrākei Local Board has worked closely with the Oceania Football Federation (OFC) to develop Ngahue Reserve in the suburb of St Johns. Redevelopment of this former rubbish dump was not programmed in any Local Board Plan due to the huge cost of eliminating contamination associated with the site.
OFC gained a lease from the Local Board and has developed a multi-million dollar asset at no cost to ratepayers, including two artificial turf pitches, a training field and other world class facilities which are available for community use.
39 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Sports field user charges The Ōrākei Local Board was delighted to have led and achieved a victory for central Auckland sports clubs by getting sports field fees waived.
The Local Board led a delegation from the central Auckland and Waiheke Local Boards, which presented a case for having sports field charges removed to the Auckland Council’s Finance and Performance Committee on 20 August 2015.
The Committee voted unanimously to waive fees and charges for sports fields in the central Local Board areas until a region-wide policy is adopted in the 2017/2018 financial year.
Rates and Advocacy as part of the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan and 2016/2017 Annual Plan Ōrākei Local Board remains the highest residential ratepaying Local Board area in the city. A clear message from our community is that the rates burden is a significant issue for residents throughout our area, especially when the investment back into our community has been low.
The Local Board advocated strongly to the governing body (Mayor and Councillors) to keep rates down and obtain fairer investment in our area as part of the 2015-2025 Long-term Plan and 2016/2017 Annual Plan.
Based on your feedback we advocated to the governing body on the following
1. Uniform Annual General Charge (UAGC) During the Annual Plan consultation, feedback received sought change to the level of the UAGC, with 24 per cent indicating the UAGC should change to $650.
2. Interim Transport Levy (ITL) The Ōrākei Local Board was clear that it did not support the ITL unless the benefits to its area could be demonstrated by way of the Board’s local transport advocacy projects being supported by the governing body.
The feedback received by the Ōrākei Local Board on the Annual Plan indicated that if the ITL were to remain, there was preference for increasing the portion paid by business ratepayers and that this should be based on property value.
The Local Board considers that consultation on the 2016/2017 Annual Plan’s regional topics was lacking as Aucklanders were not asked whether or not the ITL should be retained.
40 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 The Ōrākei Local Board is continuing through to October 2016 with a number of further projects due for completion post this achievements report but before the election. These projects will be noted in the next achievements report published by the new Local Board and acknowledged accordingly.
41 Ōrākei Local Board Achievements Report: November 2014 to June 2016 Find out more:
Phone 09 521 7021 Visit www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/ōrākei