Heritage trail supported

This month's Rodney Local Board meeting featured a full agenda and a number of visitors. There were two nor-west issues amidst the public forums.

The first was an extremely professional presentation by the Kaukapakapa Area Residents and Ratepayers Association. Chairman Ralph Martin spoke about the township's design and development guideline.

The other impressive presentation was the Woodhill Heritage Trail Project discussed by Vivien Dostine, president of New Zealand Recreation Inc and Peter Smith of Northern Region Equestrian Trust.

The project joins Muriwai Regional Park to Rimmer Rd, Helensville, and there is also a future concept plan for a Coast-to-Coast Greenway. The board has given its support to the project.

● I am one of four chairs in the political working party for the Auckland Unitary Plan. I am providing a rural perspective in the discussions. We meet in the city at least once a week overseeing the direction of the plan programme. I'm quite pleased there will be plenty of opportunity for people to have an input through feedback to this plan shortly.

● The board is disappointed with the outcome of the Auckland Transport capital fund. The council's strategy and finance committee elected to divide the fund by population rather than evenly, or on a contestable basis. We submitted our issues but we received one of the smaller shares of the fund.

● The board is on Facebook so "like" our page to keep on track with what's happening in our Rodney district.

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