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Source: Auckland Council

Whau 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) last week which provides for a $31.8 billion capital expenditure programme.

In addition to the wider benefits the budget will bring to Whau, projects such as Te Whau Pathway and park and playground developments are on the way.

Infrastructure

Whau Ward Councillor Tracy Mulholland says investing in the city through infrastructure and facilities will help to boost the local economy and continue the recovery that’s underway.

“That’s clear in Whau as we have some big-ticket items, such as the Te Whau Pathway which will receive millions in funding as well as the new Avondale Library and Community Centre that will bring jobs and growth to the Whau.

“The budget was difficult to agree, with many competing priorities and considerations to weigh up, but for Whau it will bring a much-needed boost to the area and for that I am pleased.”

Local investment

Whau Local Board Chair Kay Thomas says that projects in Whau are welcome and will make a difference.

“We have a growing population that needs facilities and amenities for people to make use of. They also need a functioning council that works for them and makes the right difficult decisions.

“The projects in the budget for Whau will make a difference to the area, with new playgrounds and improved facilities for residents. The board is pleased to see these projects funded and we look forward to doing all we can to continue improving the area in the future.”

Some of the local asset improvements budgeted for in the plan in the Whau area include:

  • Olympic Park Masterplan – Enable a holistic approach to future management and development of Olympic Park, and guide prioritisation of future work programmes ($37,000)
  • Te Whau Pathway – Section 2 – develop boardwalks/pathways/environmental restoration and install artwork and signage – Development of a shared path on Te Whau River will connect communities, provide access and enjoyment of Te Whau. ($11.5million)
  • Avondale Library and Community Hub – ($21million) Improved community facilities for the Whau area
  • Avondale Central Reserve – upgrade playground and associated park furniture – Upgrade the playground and park furniture at Avondale Central Reserve. ($295,000)
  • Sandy Lane Reserve – develop park – Improved and expanded opportunities for walking, cycling and public transport. ($210,000)

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