Coast needs front of mind
Local knowledge and experience count. When projects, budgets and plans are up for consideration we need to make sure the Hibiscus Coast can make the most of opportunities. In this term of Council I'm keen to see the Hammerhead issue at Gulf Harbour resolved so that the possibility of a lease on the land that council already owns is sorted. Then we can fully activate the ferry service with a 7-day service. I'm keen to work with local businesses to put a business case together for this and make it happen.
Weekend ferries both ways would open up the possibility of trips out to Shakespear Park, improve the market of local cafés and restaurants and Gulf Harbour businesses generally, add to the patronage of the two golf courses and also make for pleasant trips into Auckland on the weekend.
The advent of Penlink offers the opportunity to fast track a walkway/cycleway along the Weiti linking Arkles Bay through to Red Beach and possibly all the way to Silverdale. This flat route would be immensely appealing: wonderful views and easy cycling, cutting out Whangaparāoa's hills. What a way to get to work if you work locally!
There are always things to challenge like the potential sale of the airspace above the park and rides. That huge new retirement village in Silverdale is a real concern so we need to make sure there are connections to East Coast Road, that it generates as little traffic as possible, and to make sure that the needs of the community are fully considered before a sale of property. It still rankles that the Ōrewa Council building could have been considered as a replacement library and community facility (HM November 4).