Lloyd Elsmore Skate Park in desperate need of upgrade
Building CRL is an investment in our future
Lloyd Elsmore has a skate park but its in desperate need of attention. A small group of us caught up this afternoon to see what can be done.
It doesn't take an expert to see that the skate park is tired. There's big cracks and splits in the concrete, the rails are worn and the surface is rough which wears down tires (and riders if they fall off).
Auckland's growth needs to be managed so local voice not lost
Getting the City Rail Link built is correctly a top priority for Auckland Council. It will transform transport across our city (even for non-train users). It’s expensive and the project costs have risen by $1B to $4.4B. Auckland Council was asked to cover half of it.
Auckland needs a bold vision for stadiums
It's no secret that Auckland has been growing at a tremendous rate, in many cases faster than our infrastructure can keep up with. It's put a massive strain on our housing, transport, water and environment as well as the people who live here.
Giving away money not the solution to our stadium problem
I don't for a moment think that stadiums are our most pressing issue but leaving issues till we're desperate isn't how we should be running our city (despite our track record).
Rising sea levels are putting our infrastructure at risk
I was very disturbed to see that some councillors - including both of my local - voted to give away $10m of public money to Eden Park with no strings. There was an alternative of making this a loan which would've been paid but this was narrowly voted down.
KiwiBuild has built up expectations but not much else
Local Government NZ has released a report that shows the massive risk to infrastructure from climate change. This is great leadership from Local Government NZ - the risk to infrastructure from Climate Change is very real and we must be planning for it now.
I’ve always been sceptical that KiwiBuild could deliver on its promises to deliver so many homes so quickly. My father and grandfather were both in the building industry and it’s never as simple as nailing some planks together.