WALG (Warkworth Area Liaison Group) One Warkworth Business Association
In this edition:
Committee seeks funding stability
A year in review
Research into age-friendliness
Expressions of Interest in Treaty of Waitangi course
Reminder to members with website listings
Committee seeking support for funding stability Yes Warkworth is changing rapidly - the population is going to explode over the next 20 years bringing with it challenges and opportunities.
One Warkworth needs financial stability to support local businesses through these changes.
After much consideration, the committee has unanimously decided to seek support from the business community to enter a Business Improvement District (BID) establishment process, at our AGM on 21 August.
Our BID proposal is significantly different from previous proposals. It will involve a fixed flat rate of $500 per commercial title, per year - not a rate based on property values.
If a commercial property has more than one tenant, the landlord may decide to divide the $500p/a among them.
There will also be constitutional protection to ensure this fixed rate cannot be changed easily, requiring a true majority of Warkworth businesses to support any change.
Currently 70% of our funding comes from just 23 sponsors, which is a high-risk, unsustainable model. We believe our BID proposal is a more efficient and fairer way of generating funding to do the work we do - it's a model where everyone who benefits contributes.
We will be communicating this proposal widely in the coming days and weeks, but in the meantime, all our committee and manager are happy to discuss the proposal. Their contact details along with more information can be found in the BID flyer here. A year in review
It's the end of our financial year so time to do a round-up of our progress and our achievements.
A lot of unseen work goes on behind the scenes at One Warkworth. Our 12 committee members volunteer their time providing strategic leadership and put in hundreds of hours doing advocacy work. This includes: meeting with politicians, CEOs, senior managers and community groups to get Warkworth’s voice heard on anything from roads to the Structure Plan to crossings, footpaths and the weir.
Led by Murray Chapman, the 'ops team' includes Claire-Marie Blair who recently took over from Charlene Heyns as our administrator, Rachel Callender (marketing and communications), and Ayla Walker (membership support and social media). It is this team that keeps the One Warkworth wheels moving.
Some great initiatives we've delivered over the last twelve months include:
advocacy on the MLR proposal (see next story)
our increasingly popular business networking events
new member offers including in-store discounts at Noel Leeming Warkworth
our new search-optimized website with a focus on member listings. This has been a particular highlight with businesses reporting a number of new referrals via www.onewarkworth.co.nz
great engagement on our Facebook page for member businesses and the community
events that connect local businesses with the community including the Classic Car Rally, e-Waste collection and late night Christmas shopping. While the Santa Parade got rained off last year, the work done means we’re rearing to go this year, and the second Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights will soon be here.
It really has been an amazing year – One Warkworth has made steady progress and built some real strength around the local business community. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our success - we’re looking forward to maintaining momentum in 2019/20. Matakana Link Road update As you will have heard, commissioners have reached a decision about the Matakana Link Road.
Following several deputations, meetings and consultations with Auckland Transport we have since had confirmation that:
AT believes there is sufficient budget to construct four lanes between SH1 and the proposed bridge - approximately 800 metres.
If cost savings can be achieved they may be able to construct four lanes for the full length of the MLR.
The tender process will allow contractors to price both options above.
Regardless of which option is adopted, the new road will only be road-marked for two lanes until such time that traffic volumes justify a 'transition to four lanes'.
Appeals to the Notice of Requirement are likely to delay the start of construction. This means the MLR will not be finished in time for the opening of the RoNS (Puhoi to Warkworth motorway), which will put even more pressure on Hill Street.
One Warkworth supports the tender strategy outlined above, but does not support the lane marking of just two lanes and has great concerns about delays to construction. We are pushing hard for Auckland Transport to complete the design and tendering processes concurrently with the appeal process in an attempt to mitigate construction delays. What's On There's lots happening over the next wee while - check out all event listings on our website. And remember One Warkworth members, you can add your own events to our website for free promotion.
RESEARCH SURVEY One Warkworth has been approached by Sara Napier, who is wanting to invite 13 local business owners/operators to participate in a survey to find out about perceptions, attitudes and practices that relate to age-friendliness including:
the importance of older customers/clients to their business
the physical environment for older customers
how the business markets their products and services to older customers/clients
staff practices and training in relation to communicating with and serving older customers/clients with a range of needs
having older people as employees.
Interviews should take approximately 30-45 minutes. The outcome of this project will generate recommendations for increasing the age-friendliness of businesses and services. Read more here and contact Sara by email for further details.EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST One Warkworth is looking at hosting a free course that would upskill our members and the public on making sense of and applying the Treaty of Waitangi. The course is offered by He Puna Matauranga o Te Tiriti and is six hours long. We need at least 15 people to register to host this event. Refreshments would be provided and certificates would be presented upon completion. Please email Murray Chapman if you would be interested in attending.
All One Warkworth members - have you logged into the website to update your business listing recently? If you haven’t, now’s a good time to make sure your details are up to date, including business hours, recent photos and details of what you are offering to help bring new enquiries your way.
If you need a password reset or assistance with accessing your business listing, please email Grant Henderson.
Warkworth Area Liason group (WALG)
Minutes for Warkworth Area Liaison Group
Date: 4th Sept 2019
Meeting Opened: 7:00 pm
Chairperson: Hueline Massey
Attendees: 23 People
Apologies: Richard Papworth, Angela Buckton, Dave Parker, Murray Chapman, Liz Sharek, Dave Stott, Greg Sayers, Jamie Peters
Minutes of last meeting: Peter Buckton/Roger Williams
Turnstone Development update (Burnette O’Connor)
Burnette gave Jamie’s apologies as he had been struck down at the last minute and was too unwell to attend
Burnette advised that the results of the first submission process had been released, and that people can now make further submissions until the 12th of September 19. She noted that if you are referring to one of the submissions already made, you need to also send a copy of your submission to the person who made the submission you are referring to. The Council’s report on the submissions is due out on the 14th of October 19 and the hearing starts on the 6th of November 19 at the Warkworth Town Hall.
Burnette commented that the submissions to date have largely been in support of the development.
In response to a query from the floor Burnette clarified that Augusta Capital is not Turnstone Developments, but is a separate entity that is releasing a fund in which people are invited to invest in the Stubbs Farm development. Burnette stressed that the important thing to note is that the Stubbs Farm development is a well-resourced and well-funded development.
Burnette also advised that the Turnstone project proposed for the other side of Falls Rd, on land which had previously been the Ryburn property will open for submissions on the 12th of October for one month.
Rodney Local Board Chair Beth Houlbrooke
The group welcomed Beth back from her recent bout of illness.
Beth advised that the Local Board-funded footpath from Blue Gum Drive through to The Grange has been opened and is already being well used. The next Local Body footpath project to be done will be completing the stretch of footpath up Falls Rd to Hudson Rd. A start time for this has not been given yet.
Beth reminded the group of the funding that the Local Board has allotted to local Warkworth events; $5,000-00 to the Warkworth Festival of Lights; $10,000-00 to the Kowhai Festival; $2,000-00 to the Warkworth A&P show and $2,000-00 to the Warkworth Santa Parade.
Beth reported that the numbers using the new Warkworth bus service have exceeded expectations. There have been many comments for locals about seeing lots of empty, or near empty buses but overall their use has actually been good. Beth pointed out that there always should be infrastructure provided before development creates the need for it. Also, the full value of the service is not often obvious; for example improving the lives of people who have no chance of moving around the district unless it’s by bus. Hence the Local Board stepping in to provide a bus service when Auckland Transport should have. Beth intends using the positive bus use figures to lobby Auckland Transport to include funding for the new service in their next budget round.
The final iteration of the Warkworth Park’n’Ride will be released soon, and the facility will be constructed during this summer. All buildings currently on the site (the so-called Atlas site) just north of Warkworth will be bowled and approximately 150 carparks will be formed. Apart from helping to ease the chronic parking shortage in Warkworth the use of this site will help in efforts to ensure that the site won’t be lost from the community in the future. The final decision on whether the buses will circulate through the site or stop on the highway immediately adjacent it has not been made yet. A further benefit this project brings will be the extra parking spaces that will be available on occasions for the A&P grounds as overflow parking when events are staged there. If this Park’n’Ride service is well used it will encourage Auckland Transport to form a permanent facility at a more suitable site to complement the new motorway system. The congestion caused by the current bus interchanges in the middle of town accentuates the need for a proper transport interchange outside the town centre where there’s more room and a well-positioned Park’n’Ride would provide this for Warkworth.
Beth voiced her frustration with the council’s road maintenance arrangement. The state of our roads is getting diabolical, but Beth went to the road maintenance department in an effort to see what was happening and discovered that it is not their fault. They are so underfunded that they use virtually all their budgets on reactionary road patch-up repairs that inevitably end up breaking up again. There simply is not enough money available to do the scheduled road maintenance that would either fix the problem for good or ensure that it never happens in the first place. Beth will be lobbying for more funding for road maintenance.
The Healthy Harbours scheme is available for people to apply for funding. The Local Boards will go 50/50 with the landowner on projects that are accepted.
Beth introduced Paul Manton and Isla Walker who will be standing for the Rodney Local Board with Beth.
Transport Forum report (Roger Williams)
The next Transport Forum is scheduled for Friday 20th September.
The Matakana Link project is in increasing danger of stalling and missing the next earthworks season. If this happens it will certainly delay the completion date of the Matakana Link road until after the motorway is opened and we will have to face the reality that there will be total chaos at the Hill St intersection when the holiday periods bring heavy traffic volumes to Matakana and Omaha. Auckland Transport seem to have completely lost interest in pushing for the project to start this earthworks season.
Roger and Dave Stott will be attending a road modeling meeting with council planners next Friday to establish the correct population data to be used by those planning Warkworth’s infrastructure. A lot of the planning done recently was based on a figure of 2.14 people per household, when the figure should have instead been 2.74 people per household. This seemingly small error means huge underestimations when planning for the future needs of the community.
Disappointingly there has still been absolutely no progress at all on any of the proposed temporary solutions to assist with mitigating congestion at the Hill St intersection. They haven’t even managed to paint the proposed hatched no stopping area on the road, let alone do the pedestrian crossing or any of the other things. There is still no sign yet of anything happening in the near future either.
One Warkworth (Isla Walker)
Isla told the group that there is a Men’s Health event planned for on or around the 23rd of October. Guest speakers and the exact date for this event will be announced closer to the day.
One Warkworth has organised a mayoral debate at 5-30pm on Monday 16th September at the Warkworth Town Hall. Phil Goff, John Tamihere and Craig Lord will feature in the debate moderated by Murray Chapman.
On Wednesday the 18th September there will be a ‘Meet the Candidates’ evening at the Back Bar of the Bridgehouse in Warkworth starting at 5pm.
Brian Oakes voiced his frustration with council over a recent pruning of some of the trees down by the wharf. After years of trying to get the trees by the wharf tended to with no success, suddenly, out-of-the-blue, workers appeared and started to prune one of the trees in which lights had been placed during the recent Warkworth Festival of Lights. Needless to say they cut through the light cables, and then appeared unrepentant about doing so. Very disappointing
Russell Cullen told the meeting of his vision to get more native birds back into the Warkworth area. He and Sally Richardson from Forest and Bird have set up Pest Free Warkworth and are encouraging local Warkworth residents to all get in behind an intensive effort to rid the township of rats, possums, feral cats, stoats, etc. Their aim is to get traps set in every fifth property throughout the town. Anyone interested in being a part of this initiative please contact Russell on email@example.com
Roger Williams advised that the next weeding and planting project that Forest and Bird will be doing in the Warkworth area will be along the route from Hauiti Drive to The Grange. The dates for this will be notified when known.
Associate Professor Margaret Stanley, an ecologist from the University of Auckland will be giving a talk at the Oaks on Neville at 3pm on Monday the 9th September. The topic will be biodiversity and pest control as these relate to Warkworth. Margaret is a very interesting speaker so this will be well worth attending
Meeting Closed: 8-30 pm. Next meeting is on October 2nd at 7-30pm. Note the time has changed because of Daylight Saving