Land buy-up to boost beach access

Last updated 16:53 03/12/2012
Pakiri Beach
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MORE SPACE: The council's purchase of land near Pakiri Beach and its surrounding parklands will increase public access to the area.

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Auckland Council has purchased 29.5 hectares of land near Warkworth worth $1.2 million to provide more public spaces for the area.

The land is low-lying pasture on Pakiri River Rd, the main road leading to Pakiri Beach, and will allow the council to improve access to existing regional parkland.

Mayor Len Brown said securing parkland and providing access to coastal areas was vital as Auckland grows.

"Nearby Warkworth is identified in the Auckland Plan as a satellite town which will experience significant population growth as an employment and service hub for the north.

"It is therefore vital that we plan for future growth with the provision of public open space and also ensure the protection of our natural environment."

Councillor Sandra Coney, chairman of the council's Parks, Recreation and Heritage Forum said this was a strategic purchase that ensures the land can be developed to its full potential in the future.

The land provides a link between the road and the existing beach-front block of parkland, and Coney said it could be used as back-to-basics camping, car parking and vehicle access.

It was bought with the council's parks acquisition fund and the council will take ownership of the property from July 1 next year.

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