November 2009 Newsletter

  • Feedback about the latest Court hearing
  • Draft Long Bay Regional Park Management Plan
  • Last chance for funding from ARC for ‘area D’
  • Civic Award for Fiona McLaughlin

The Court case is almost over. This has been one of New Zealand’s longest running Environment Court cases, so congratulations to all who hung in there to keep the vision of protecting our Regional Park from encroaching residential development.

Although the original vision had been for the ‘1000 Acre Great Park’ on an awesome peninsula so close to the largest and ever increasing population in New Zealand, what we have gained has been recognized as a remarkable achievement. In all, we gained some significant buffer zone areas – about 75 acres in all.

The last days in Court were important in maintaining the intent of Judge Jackson’s interim decision and defining some of the important rules of the Structure Plan.

Bernard recollects how the story started and explains more about the last few days in court elsewhere in this newsletter.

Of course to have played such a sustained part in the Court has taken much work and ongoing funding. As I have said in earlier newsletters, we have been amazed at the generosity of ‘the everyday people’ with their kind donations. From $10 up to one or two thousand dollars, each has been so appreciated. Your membership fees have been used primarily to cover the Society’s running costs.

Even with all this generosity, we do have a shortfall to pay ourfinal court costs. So we do appeal, once again, to your giving spirit in protecting this green legacy.

With the Court case almost behind us, the next challenge is raising funds for the purchase of Area D. If we are unable to protect the beautiful ridge you see as you approach the entrance to the Long Bay Regional Park from Torbay, some of the essential spirit of being in an open space oasis on the edge of suburbia will be diminished. For so many Aucklanders, it is the exhilarating feeling of leaving the city behind that makes this park so popular – a park by the beach so accessible to ALL the people of Auckland.

Thank you to all who came in support of the presentation to the Auckland Regional Council, requesting their support in the purchase of Area D. We were quite overwhelmed by the turnout at such short notice. It couldnot have failed to make an impression. As yet, we have not had an official response back from the Council, but the Parks and Heritage Committee has put our request on their agenda for their meeting at 9.30 am on Wednesday 2 December. This meeting is open to the public.

This is our very last chance of getting funding from the ARC towards the purchase of Area D.

We believe that our show of interest and passion makes a difference. Councillors themselves have told us it makes a difference. So again, we urge as many as you as possible attend. If you are able to assist with a telephonetree, or with transport, can you please contact one of the executive committee members, contact phone numbers are on the back page. ARC may have some parking available: ring ARC, ph 366 3000 to book at least two days beforehand.

This has been a very significant year for the Society with the latest Court hearing and lobbying for funds for the purchase of Area D, both of which we do not yet know the outcome. May we all have cause for further celebration in the New Year.

Best wishes to you all, and again, thank you for all your loyal support.
Chris Bettany

ARC draft Regional Parks Management Plan

The ARC has issued its draft Regional Parks Management Plan and has invited submissions. The Society will be making a submission in regards to the future management of Long Bay Regional Park.

If you wish to contribute to the Society’s submission, please contact Bernard Stanley (ph 473 8630). Submissions close 4 pm Wednesday 23 December.

Copies of the Management Plan are available through the ARC or on its website.

Last chance for funding from ARC for ‘area D’

Please come again and show your support
What? ARC Parks and Heritage Committee Meeting
When? 9.30 am Wednesday 2 December
Where? ARC Chambers, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland

This meeting is open to the public. Councillors have told us that your presence makes a difference.

New Executive member

We welcome John Morris on to the committee. John has lived in the Torbay area for a number of years and wished to contribute time to helping with cause.

Civic Award for Fiona McLaughlin

Fiona McGlaghlin

Fiona McGlaghlin

We were thrilled to learn that the work of our immediate past convenor, and most wise strategist, Fiona McLaughlin, was acknowledged by the North Shore City Council with bestowing on her a City-wide Civic Award, a North Shore award of the highest order. This was a much deserved honour and we feel very proud of her. She has worked many long hours over the past three years galvanising action for protecting the land and there is no doubt that her leadership in the Environment Court on the Society’s behalf played a crucial part in the successes we have had.

Congratulations, Fiona.

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