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Wait continues for ferry terminal

JARRED WILLIAMSON
Last updated 05:00 21/05/2014
 David Collings with Mayor Len Brown
JARRED WILLIAMSON

TALKING PRIORITIES: Howick Local Board chairman David Collings with Mayor Len Brown during his visit to Half Moon Bay. 

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Mayor Len Brown says a ferry terminal at Half Moon Bay is a priority, but it is not in the Auckland Council's budget yet.

The mayor visited the Howick ward last week, including a stop at the Half Moon Bay ferry pontoon.

He says Half Moon Bay is being considered alongside other parts of Auckland for establishing a ferry terminal.

Other sites include Te Atatu, Browns Bay, Takapuna and Riverhead.

However he says Half Moon Bay is "sitting at the top" of the priority list.

"It all depends on priorities with other spends the council has to make," Brown says.

"But it's a good spend, the more we spend on ferry terminals the better they do."

The project would be a part of discussions in the long-term plan and future budgets.

He says he is aware of local concerns that the pontoon now used for ferry services is too exposed to the weather.

Howick Local Board chairman David Collings says the board is in favour of the ferry terminal.

"The problem with the pontoon is that it's designed for boaties, so we can't put any coverings up," he says.

"If we had our own pontoon or terminal we could cover it up."

Collings says the pontoon is leased by Auckland Transport from Bucklands Beach Yacht Club.

Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross questioned on Twitter why the council had not put any money into the project, after a photo of the mayor at Half Moon Bay was posted on the Eastern Courier Twitter page.

"It's all very well talking about priorities, but the project isn't going anywhere without any money involved," he says.

Ross says many ferry users come from his electorate and their message is that they want a ferry terminal.

He says "it's about time" the project got under way.

Meanwhile, the mayor is pleased with progress in the Ormiston area.

"We're seeing the start of the Pak 'n Save down there at the moment and the library and community hub will start later this year," Brown says.

"It should be really exciting for the community down there."

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