LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS

Waitakere Ranges Local Board

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board is focused on a The Waitakere Ranges Local Board reports number of areas based on delivering tangible improvements for our communities.

The Waitakere Local Board's Agreement sets out the budget and funding for activities and performance measures for the financial year and puts the local board's vision into action. Local board agreements are part of the council's annual plan. The Waitakere Local Board agreement for 2014/2015 is a part of the draft annual plan, which is currently open for consultation.

What’s the plan for Waitakere Ranges?

Following the first round of community consultation received in February and March, the Board is now reviewing feedback and writing the draft local board plan. Local board plans are guiding documents for local boards.

The plans, which are strategic three-year plans for each local board, reflect the priorities and preferences of the community.

This will be open for formal submissions from 7 July to 6 August 2014.

Feedback was requested on:
• working with our communities to protect the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area
• protecting and restoring the unique natural environments of our area, its forests and coasts
• fostering arts and culture, including developing Titirangi as the vibrant arts hub for the west
• supporting sustainable local economic activity, including enabling home-based occupations in the ranges
• revitalising our urban villages and town centres as attractive places to live and do business, connected by green walkways and cycleways
• supporting reliable and frequent public transport with connection to the electrified rail network.

The final plan will be adopted by 31 October 2014. If you have any queries about the local board plan, you can contact the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. or contact the local board office on 09 813 9150.

Piha Dune Management Plan

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board reports that Coastal specialist Jim Dahm has developed an operational management plan for Piha Beach from the southern side of Lion Rock to the southern end of Marine Parade South.

The plan considered the following:

coastal processes and shoreline trends

review of dune management to date

proposed dune management plan.

This plan was presented to the previous Waitakere Ranges Local Board for adoption at their 9 October 2013 meeting, but the board requested further time be allowed for the community to provide feedback. The consultation closed at the end of April 2014 and the Waitakere Ranges Local Board is now considering all of the feedback that was submitted.

View the plan: Dune Management at Piha: review and proposed management plan - October 2013.

Hard copies of the plan are available at the Piha Community Library.

 

The environmental health of the Waitakere Ranges

The environmental health of the Waitakere Ranges is an important focus for Waitakere Ranges Local Board.

Protecting and restoring the area’s unique natural environments will be a key priority of the new local board plan, with ecological weed control, animal pests and education around kauri dieback disease high on the agenda.

Auckland Council parks staff have worked with the local board to identify initial high-profile weed-control and restoration sites around the area.

Weeds targeted will include pampas grass, woolly nightshade, climbing asparagus, wild ginger and large stands of the giant reed, arundo grass.

“In the last council term, the local board delivered the first monitoring report required under the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act,” says Waitakere Ranges Local Board Member Saffron Toms, who holds the local board’s environment portfolio.

“We now want to implement the report’s recommendations, with significant focus on increased environmental protection,” she says.

Temporary signage will be erected at the sites to explain the work being carried out, and information highlighting the worst weeds in the heritage area will also be distributed to households.

Did you know?

The Waitakere Ranges Local Board area contains 40 per cent of Auckland’s native vegetation. Over 80 per cent of the local board area is covered in native vegetation.

(Information from the Auckland Council website)

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