Minutes of the Planning
Auckland Councillor -Penny Webster (arrived late)
Approx. 100 OBC members and interested parties in attendance.
PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS – Graham Painter
The performance of the new Auckland Council was then commented on.
OBC submissions need to be better represented in Council. It appears that the rural community is not understood by central office. The Local Boards are caught up in the bureaucracy and need to get more proactive in their representation. There has been no carry over in funding from RDC to AC and local contacts with knowledge have been lost to centralization. Example described of Northern Regional Park Security contract being given to overseas provider.
Seawall replacement due to containing hazardous asbestos material was
started two years ago without need for consent. This now requires consent
despite the fact that it is to replace a health hazard. Also a planner
is suggesting suggests that no sand should be taken from golf course
because of historic archeological site whereas the alternative is to
bring sand from outside at great cost and import from another source.
OBC submissions emphasized the need for representation – it has not happened to date.
Whangateau protection initiatives for funding actioned by Kerry Connolly on behalf OBC has been lost in talk fest - $250,000 allocated to date but no real action.
Warkworth A&P show resource consent required after many years without requiring resource consent, now needs one, putting the event in jeopardy for the future.
Auckland Council CEO Claims consenting processes have improved yet applications
for a 1m boundary adjustment took 3 months and cost $8,000.
We need to be conscious of the use of the term “Holiday Highway”. It is a northern economic highway crucial to serve a struggling northern economy. Holiday traffic is a few hours a week.
Auckland Council Local Board Member Address – Tracey Martin
OBC President-Graham Painter expressed our appreciation for her commitment to Omaha.
1.1 Christmas/New Year Rubbish Collections will be as per last year. Dates put in Newsletter and on website.
1.2 Boat Ramp & Trailer Parking.
1.3 Cockle Ban.
1.5 Public Property Maintenance
2. Community Centre
OBC has approved the purchase of a Defibrillator. Staff will be trained
with liaison from surf club paramedics. Since the meeting this is now
changed due to outside donations. Hutchinson’s were commissioned
by OBC to do a complete report on interior & exterior. The exterior
maintenance program has commenced – Cedar cladding has been chemwashed
and will not be stained. Staining requires regular upkeep at considerable
cost and is not recommended. The roof has been repaired and painted;
flashings and membrane are to be repaired. The deck is now being replaced.
The starter’s shed seating has been rebuilt. Approx. $40,000 from
Maintenance Fund is to be spent.
3. Whangateau Harbour-Mangroves
Small areas of new growth are allowed to be removed but larger ones need Council approval. WHC group want to co-ordinate this and develop a step by step management program. They will also co-ordinate a working bee to pull new growth and ask all Omaha residents to offer help by emailing us. Date will be posted on the website when available.
4. Seawall and Golf Club Ponds
Richard Brabant was introduced and explained progress.
5. Marine Reserve
Richard Brabant explained that a proposal slipped into the Draft Auckland plan without knowledge of community or local board. The areas indicated on the plan are extensive and extend to Gt Barrier. Submissions have closed, but Resource Management processes will be subject to appeal process and creating a marine reserve is a special process. RB will monitor for OBC.
6. Omaha Park
There are rumours that developers will do something further and OBC have a search warrant on files under Official Information Act. OBC recommend that funds be retained for future legal actions and will communicate with all contributors recognizing commitment to refund any surplus.
7. Walkways- Taniko & Quarry
OBC committee requires assistance in order to get these projects going with a standalone committee. The walkway has been pegged and around half / 1,500m needs boardwalk but we will re-look at the route in the summer dry period to confirm if this is correct A Bridge across stream at southern end by 8th tee forms part of Tsunami evacuation route to quarry so Council should pay for this.
8. Dotterels & Predator Fence
David Stone thanked the community for generous donations to the Predator Fence and reported the total required of $144,000 has been reached. This is a major initiative to protect the native & migratory birds on the spit. Consent is with Council and it is planned to be built in 2012. Marie explained the significance and special features of the site to the audience. Volunteers currently assist with setting 30 traps daily. Human predators/vandals/domestic cats are biggest problem.
9. Wastewater Rates
OBC has responded to and provided an explanation to a number of queries regarding the perceived increases. There had been a steady increase in charges although the basic methodology had not been altered. Some figures quoted for increases were incorrect The increase between the 2006/7 years and 2010/11 years was 25.7% or a 6.4% average increase over the 4 years. .Existing rates are locked in by legislation until 1 July 2012 when a uniform rate for all Auckland is to be set after public consultation thru LTCCP process. OBC has concerns about a uniform rate and will monitor but cannot do anything at present.
There were strong views expressed by 2 residents that the water rates issue should be protested. After some discussion a motion was proposed although there was a view that the forum was not constituted to pass binding resolutions. It was clear however there was concern about the continued level of increases and that OBC should be active to try to ensure Omaha Beach was fairly treated by comparison with other areas when the new system comes into force. It was agreed that the OBC should give advance notice of its concerns to the council and Watercare before the final basis is agreed. Penny Webster the Auckland Councilor for Rodney advised that her expectation was that rates would decrease for the Rodney area when the new basis was finally approved.
10. Storm water
Problems occurred following three extreme rain events in Dec/Jan where
significant flooding occurred in a number of areas.
OBC’s concern is that no remedial action plan is in place for
identified areas. In response, Council storm water experts say more monitoring
11. Surf Club
No update as Jonathan Williams unable to attend.
12. Dune Signage
Beach side signage to keep off the dunes is urgently needed. The Kermadec earthquake created wave surge that eroded all of southern end dune frontage and driftwood washed to top of walkways. Visitors, particularly children think dunes are fun play slopes but they are Omaha’s only protection against a large tidal surge and any destruction allows further erosion. Public are encouraged to remind people of the need to stay off the dunes.
13. Civil Defense- Tsunami Management Plan
This is a major project involving David Neil (Emergency Management Controller for region), Police, Surf Club, Insite Security, OBC, Dennis O’Callahan, Belinda Thomas, Chris Allen and Graham Painter.
A year ago RDC circulated a plan to simply evacuate across causeway
and not to use vehicles. OBC rejected this plan.
A pamphlet is currently being prepared to circulate plus an A3 size map showing all properties and 10m zone. A separate plan for golfers is required.
High ground areas - Northern zone around Caroline Heights.
Police are to locate base for communications – initially at Surf Club then Ching residence above Pink Beach – Police / OBC / Insite / Surf club to liaise re management requirements on the day.
Telephone tree to be set up to cover street by street and volunteers sought to do this.
Marine VHF communication being discussed with Police and Coastguard
as many people have marine radios if landline or mobiles are put out
of action .
Questions & General
David Hansen thanked Chris Martin and Insite for all the work they did for Omaha residents.
Auckland Councillor- Address by Penny Webster
OBC Annual General Meeting – Saturday 7th Jan, 4 pm will be a working meeting without repeating any matters discussed in the Planning Forum.
Close of Meeting-6.10pm