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www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, February 19, 2015 — 19 Have your say on the future of Auckland Auckland is the country’s fastest growing region. So we’re facing big opportunities and equally big challenges. We need to balance investment in our city, communities and transport with keeping rates affordable. To get this mix right, we need you to have your say on Auckland’s 10-year budget. You can provide feedback on regional and local issues in person at a ‘Have your say’ event in your local area. These events will be attended by councillors and local board members, and replace traditional hearings. Come along on the day to have your say. To view a list of venues and times, visit shapeauckland.co.nz Have your say on the 10-year budget by 4pm on Monday 16 March 2015 For more information, to provide feedback or to find a ‘Have your say’ event, visit shapeauckland.co.nz, phone 09 301 0101 or visit your local board office, service centre or library. Have your say on the 10-year budget by 4pm BC4136_HBT_190215_R 127201-V5 Have your say by Monday 16 March 2015 For more information, details on the ‘Have your say’ events and to provide feedback, visit shapeauckland.co.nz or call 09 301 0101 facebook.com/HowickLB Help shape our 10-year budget Auckland is facing big opportunities and equally big challenges, and the Howick Local Board wants you to have your say on Auckland’s 2015-2025 10-year budget. We need to hear your views on regional and local priorities. Visit shapeauckland.co.nz to have your say or provide feedback in person at one of shapeauckland.co.nz to have your say or provide feedback in person at one of shapeauckland.co.nz the events in Howick. BC4375_HLB_HBT_1 Have your say by Monday 16 March 2015 Information sessions Look out for us at ‘pop-up’ events around Howick where you can chat to board members about local proposals and issues in the 10-year budget that are of importance to Howick, including initiatives featured in the Howick Local Board Plan 2014. You can find out more at facebook.com/HowickLB Have your say event You can also provide your feedback in person to governing body and local board members at a number of ‘Have your say’ events. These events replace traditional hearings. They will cover key regional topics – including investment in Auckland, fixing transport and keeping rates affordable – as well as local proposals. Your local ‘Have your say’ event is being held at: • Pakuranga Rugby Club, Tuesday 3 March (6-8pm) • Ormiston Senior College, Thursday 5 March (6-8pm) 127208 ABOUT 3000 super-city residents have provided feedback in the first two weeks of public consultation on Auckland Council’s proposed 10-year budget. Just over half (52 per cent) disagreed with the proposed 3.5 per cent annual increase in the overall average general rates, however 43% agreed. Most respondents (43%) agreed that the UAGC (uniform annual general charge) fixed portion of rates should be kept at the proposed $385 but 24% wanted to see it increased to $500. Only a quarter of respondents (25%) wanted the basic transport network, funded by rates only, implemented in the budget. But more than half (59%) favoured the more expansive Auckland Plan capital spend. Roughly one-third of feedback supported transport funded by a tax and rates (31%) or by a motorway charge (34%). Mayor Len Brown says to have feedback from 3000 people in the first fortnight of a seven-week public consultation is impressive and shows that Aucklanders are stepping up and having a say on the future of their city. “I have no doubt what’s driving a lot of interest is the fact Aucklanders are finally getting the opportunity to debate how we fix transport.” Public consultation on the budget, known as the Long-term Plan 2015- 2025 runs until 4pm on March 16. An online feedback form can be found at www.shapeauckland.co.nz, a hard copy form in council libraries, service centres and local board offices and using social media. A Have Your Say meeting will be held at 6-8pm on March 5 at Ormiston Senior College, Ormiston Road, Flat Bush. The City Rail Link (CRL) is Auckland Council’s top transport priority, programmed to be completed in 2023. Photo supplied long-term plan Having a say Residents give their opinion on how the super-city can fund future projects neW BUSWaY Aim to open route sooner BY marianne KellY ■■ PUBLIC transport has taken over from cars in a decision to defer a flyover and bring forward construction of the South-East Busway to Botany. Auckland Transport (AT) will defer the $170 million Reeves Road flyover which would have linked Pakuranga Road with the Waipuna Bridge and the South-Eastern Highway until the next decade. Instead it’s aiming to open the busway to Botany sooner than the proposed 2028 completion date. The flyover and busway are part of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI). The change, Peter King, AT ’s AMETI programme director says, will result in better transport choices for people in the area sooner and supports the roll-out of the new public transport network in 2016. A recent decision on the Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington showed the challenges of consenting a flyover affecting an urban area and the potential for long delays. Work to develop the Reeves Road flyover project showed its congestion benefits would be limited until further significant investment was made along the South-Eastern Highway. It also indicated a likely increase in costs with the need to create a quality urban environment beneath it. “ This decision allows us to extend the AMETI transport improvements made in Panmure to Pakuranga and Botany as soon as possible while continuing to build the case for the fly-over,” Mr King says. The first stage of AMETI involved a transport interchange at Panmure, opened in January last year. The next stage includes the creation of busway lanes along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road to a new bus station at the Pakuranga town centre, including a busway lane added to the Panmure Bridge, and a shared walking and cycling path. The Panmure roundabout will also be replaced with an intersection and traffic lights and more direct pedestrian crossings. The Pakuranga to Botany phase includes pedestrian and cycle improvements and extending the busway to Botany. While there are time savings created by opening the busway between Panmure and Pakuranga, they are greater when the full busway to Botany is open, he says. For example, catching the bus and train between Botany and Britomart will take 38 minutes, 17 minutes quicker. AT will update the community in early March on the new AMETI delivery plan and a potential change to the busway route through the Pakuranga town centre. Following further feasibility work, there will be consultation on any change to the busway route. Consultation will also be carried out on the latest design for the next construction stage between Panmure and Pakuranga before a Notice of Requirement is lodged in April. More information about AMETI is online at www.at.govt.nz/ameti.
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