America’s Cup concerns

Panuku Development’s application for a resource consent for construction of the America’s Cup bases (the Wynyard Hobson proposal) is to be heard by the Environment Court in mid -September.

In late May, the St Mary’s Bay Association (the SMBA) filed a submission on this application and has given notice that it wishes to be heard at the hearing.

In essence, the SMBA supports the Wynyard Hobson proposal provided appropriate countervailing interests are recognised in the resource consent conditions. The SMBA wants to ensure that:
• The integrity of the 2012 Waterfront Plan and the 2013 Sustainable Development Framework is maintained, and temporary infrastructure is removed as soon as possible after the event.
• The location and size of buildings continue to allow harbour-edge access and protect harbour views.
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Party time at Mary’s!

Do you know your neighbours? Like to know more about what’s happening in our great little suburb? The association is planning to repeat the popular community function, held for the first time last year, where we can all gather over a glass of wine on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, relax and enjoy each other’s company, and discuss what we feel about the various issues affecting our neighbourhood.

Local favourite, Mary’s café, has agreed to host this event for a second time, on 26 August. Put it in your diary! We’ll be in contact soon with more information – and hope to see you there.

Police on safety in reserve

Concerns about security in the reserve at the end of St Mary’s Road are being addressed following a recent early morning assault on a female jogger. The SMBA met with police to walk through the reserve and identify possible security improvements, in particular better lighting and trimming of foliage.

The subsequent police report recommends consultation with Auckland Council and Auckland Transport to consider the following:
• Improve lighting along the walkway
• Improve lighting and signage at all entry/exit points
• Consider installing an emergency phone at either the St Mary’s Rd entrance or the Jacobs Ladder entrance
• Prompt attention to overgrown trees and shrubs
• Maintain a diligent maintenance programme.

$44 MILLION WATER PROJECT

83 objections, only 2 in favour

The SMBA and a large number of local residents have filed submissions opposing the application by Auckland Council’s stormwater department (Healthy Waters) for resource consent to construct the large tunnel and associated structures in its planned St Mary’s Bay and Masefield Beach water quality improvement project. The structures include:

  • a conveyance and storage pipeline running from New Street/London Street through the reserve at the foot of St Mary’s Road, to a reserve area below Pt Erin;
  • odour dispersal towers at the intersection of New Street and London Street, a weir structure and odour control structure in St Mary’s reserve, and another weir structure, a pump station, and another odour control unit within lower Pt Erin park;
  • a return pipeline from the pump station to main trunk sewer No 5 in Hackett Street; and
  • a marine pipeline from the low point of the storage pipeline to an outfall to the west of the Harbour Bridge.

A total of 83 submissions were filed, with only two in support and two neutral. These submissions are on the council website:

https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have-your-say/have-your-say-notified-resource-consent/notified-resource-consent-applications-open-submissions/Pages/ResourceConsentApplication.aspx?itemId=202&applNum=BUN60319388

As you will see if you read the submissions, the local effect of these measures is controversial.

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