Auckland Council’s First Annual Plan Includes Funding For “Volcanic Landscapes,” the Waterfront (And Elephants)

Posted by on Jun 28, 2011 | Leave a Comment

In order to secure the funding, consultants ordered the elephants to provide a "multi-functional solution."

In order to secure the funding, consultants ordered the elephants to provide a "multi-functional solution."

Auckland Council has adopted its first annual plan, maintaining the proposed 3.94 per cent rates increase for ratepayers while confirming additional funding for a number of other projects.

Funding that could ultimately benefit Devonport included $300k operating expenditure for volcanic landscapes, and a tidy sum of $850k for waterfront development, contingent upon the Bob Harvey’s Waterfront Agency coming up with a decent plan to match.

Mayor Len Brown said; “When we inherited the amalgamated Auckland Council, the projected rates increase from all the old councils was a proposed 9.3 per cent. That wasn’t acceptable, so we worked to cut costs and drive efficiencies in the organisation. I’m committed to keeping the rates increase down below four per cent. We’ve done this at the same time as rolling out the biggest ever investment in our region.”

Funding was confirmed for a raft of important projects including:

–          Operating expenditure of $1.9 million towards the Major Events Strategy

–          Operating expenditure of $30,000 for Mika Haka Foundation

–          Operating expenditure of $50,000 for Plan Be Founding sponsor support

–          Operating expenditure of $300,000 for Bruce Pulman Park

–          Operating expenditure of $250,000 for events compliance management

–          Hobsonville Marine Precinct, with capital expenditure of $3.5 million in 2011/2012 and further amounts in later years

–          Papatoetoe Redevelopment, with capital expenditure of $1 million in 2011/2012 and further amounts in later years

–          Capital expenditure of $1.95 million for animal shelters

–          Capital expenditure of $760,000 for the fit out of the Viaduct Events Centre and associated additional user charges income

–          Operating expenditure of $85,000 for Kauri Dieback management costs

–          Operating expenditure of $300,000 for volcanic landscapes

–          Capital expenditure of $371,000 for the Gulf Harbour Breakwater

–          Capital expenditure of $1 million on Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club facility development, noting that this funding is not required until 2012/2013

–          Acquiring elephants for Auckland Zoo, noting that this will be funded from borrowings from Auckland Council

–          $850K for Waterfront Master Plan and $800K for waterfront activation during RWC 2011 and summer season, noting that this $800K can not proceed until ATEED and Waterfront Auckland have presented together to the council their plans to demonstrate that there is value for money and no duplication

–          Operating expenditure of $20,000 for health services on Great Barrier Island

–          Operating expenditure of $250,000 to investigate the MAGIC centre as proposed by the Maungakiekie Tamaki Local Board

–          Capital expenditure of $200,000 for Otahuhu Swimming Pool

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