Recovery budget delivers for Rodney

Publish Date : 02 Jul 2021
Recovery budget delivers for Rodney
Warkworth Town Centre

Rodney will benefit from Auckland Council’s record capital investment over the next 10 years focussed on keeping the city running and continuing to build for the future.

The council’s Governing Body adopted the 10-year Budget (2021-2031) on 29 June which provides for a $31.8 billion capital expenditure programme. The spending is at its highest level ever despite the difficult financial circumstances the organisation is facing in the short term.

Local investment

Among the local asset improvements budgeted for in the plan in the Rodney Local Board area are:

Rodney Local Board

  • An extensive renewal of the Mahurangi Community Building at a cost of $2 million
  • Renew walkways and signs at Omaha Beach at a cost of $1.2 million
  • Riverhead War Memorial Park development which includes the playspace, carpark and park entrances at a cost of $2.8 million
  • Revitalise Warkworth and Helensville town centres at a cost of $1.4 million
  • Renew tracks and signs to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease at a cost of $1.8 million
  • Renew major assets at Wellsford Centennial Park at a cost of $2 million.

Rodney Local Board chair Phelan Pirrie thanks people for their feedback and says the board had to make some hard calls because of budget constraints caused by COVID-19.

“We must strike the right balance - maintaining community assets, protecting services and investing in critical infrastructure for our fast-growing population.

“There is strong support for the Kumeū-Huapai indoor courts facility, and while it isn’t a priority in this budget because of funding constraints, we are exploring options to deliver the facility through a public-private partnership.

“Many people gave feedback on public transport, wanting easier access through better coverage and frequency. While public transport isn’t a function of the local board; there has been strong investment in several successful bus services through the board’s transport targeted rate. Clearly though, more needs to be done.

“It is very concerning that Rodney has the highest rate of road deaths and serious injuries of any local board area. Although roads aren’t a local board function, we continue to advocate for more investment in road safety and road sealing.

“We’ll continue to deliver our existing projects which include town centre improvements and environmental projects involving water quality and pest management.”

As part of the 10-year Budget, each of the local boards also consulted on its Local Board Agreements for 2021/2022 year which outline its priorities, activities, and budgets for the 2021/2022 year.

Find out more about what’s in the 10-year Budget.

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