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 Dec 2019
Meeting Opened: 7:30 pm
Chairperson: Hueline Massey
Attendees: 21 People
Apologies: Richard Papworth, Tim Holdgate, Terry Nuthall, Dave Parker, Burnette O’Connor, Dave Stott, Russell Cullen, Brendan Chaff
Minutes of last meeting: Peter Buckton/Ox Wightman
Guest speakers; Brent Evans, Watercare’s Local Board and Stakeholder Liaison Manager, and Andre Stuart, Watercare’s Wastewater Planning Manager
Brent commented that it was 12 months ago that he first came to address our group about Watercare’s proposal for dealing with the proposed growth around the Warkworth area. This is still a work in progress but a wastewater system and a drinking water supply system are both underway. Brent introduced Andre to present on what’s been happening.
Andre advised that the new water treatment plant at Sanderson Rd is now fully operational. This takes water from the bore, treats it and then pumps it to the reservoirs in View Rd and Thompson Rd for use in Warkworth township. A new reservoir is planned for the north of Warkworth, as well as a new one servicing the south and another again, the West. The current bore is consented to supply 16,000 people, which is estimated to be enough for the next twenty years or so.
Snells Beach does not currently have the same access to a big drinking water supply and this is constraining development in the area.
The wastewater in Warkworth is treated to a very high level, but is not quite potable (drinkable). The last stage to get the wastewater to a potable level would be a very expensive exercise. At the moment the population is not at a level that offers an economy of scale that would make treatment of wastewater to a potable state economic. We have enough naturally occurring water which is still way cheaper to treat to a potable level than treating wastewater. However in many areas around the world economies of scale, plus scarcity of water mean this approach has been successfully adopted there. There is a negative public perception of the process that would need to be addressed if this option was ever considered for use here.
Wastewater in this area is in the process of being up-graded under the North East Wastewater Scheme. This involves channeling all the wastewater from the Warkworth urban area to a new pump station next to the current pump station adjacent to Lucy Moore Park. It will then be pumped along a pipeline that crosses the Mahurangi River to Mahurangi East Rd near the limeworks road, and follows Mahurangi East Rd out to a new Snells Beach wastewater treatment plant. Wastewater from Snells Beach and Algies Bay will be piped to this plant too. From here the treated water will be piped through a new pipeline to a point just south of Martins Bay where it will pass out into the bay 250 metres off-shore. The Snells Beach plant is state-of-the-art and the quality of the discharged water is very high, almost potable.
The pipeline from Snells Beach to the Martins Bay outfall is currently under construction. The first section of this pipeline will be laid by trenching, and the last 2 kms or so will be drilled using a tunnel boring machine that drags the pipe behind it. The design of the Snells Beach plant has been finalized and the tender will be let soon. The pipeline from Snells Beach to Warkworth is still undergoing some design work, notably trying to find a geologically stable path under the Mahurangi River to the pump station at Lucy Moore Park. Another pipeline will be run into the Lucy Moore Park pump station from along SH1 north of Warkworth which will bring wastewater in from a developer connection point near the proposed motorway junction. This will catch wastewater from future developments to the north, east and south. The latter two areas via a gravity main through a pump station in Falls Rd. Some existing pipework along Queen St can be used, but other pipework in Elizabeth St and Baxter St will need upgrading.
Brent finished by saying that there will inevitably be disruption while the pipework is laid but there is no way of doing the work without this disruption. Every effort will be made to mitigate this.
The North East Wastewater Scheme is due for completion in April 2022 at which stage the current Warkworth plant will be decommissioned.
Brent and Andre both praised the arrangement they have with Fletchers and Fulton Hogan where these two contractors are embedded into Watercare’s operations and are thus giving invaluable input during the whole process.
Note that I have attached the slides that Brent and Andre presented showing maps,etc.
Glyn Williams queried Brent about the quality of the water supplied by the new Sanderson Rd treatment plant. He pointed out that unlike the old treated river water, the new water has a high silicon content and the water very quickly stains glass, pots and everything else it comes into contact with. He expressed concerns about what was happening inside dishwashers, washing machines and other appliances that may cause major problems in the future as residue builds up over time? Brent said he could offer no reassurance on this matter as there is no easy way to remove silicon from the water without enormous cost. He pointed out that many areas have even harder water than we do. Watercare had no other option but to change to the higher silicon bore supply as Warkworth was in imminent danger of completely running out of water during dry spells.
Auckland Councilor Greg Sayers
Greg first wanted to point out that Warkworth is in for a period of very strong growth. This inevitably means we are going to have to get used to big changes around our community.
The Mayor’s new budget will come out soon for comment between 21st Feb to 21st Mar. Indications are that Mayor Goff will be seeking a rate increase of about 3.5%. The Mayor has also indicated that he wants independent reviews done of all seven CCO’s. Special attention will be given to Panuku and Auckland Transport. An emphasis will be made on whether Auckland Council still has adequate control over CCO’s activities. Greg is very supportive of this initiative by the Mayor, but believes it would also be prudent to review all the Council activities to see if there is adequate control over them too.
Greg said that he has been given indications that more information on the Hill St intersection project is imminent. Hopefully the final design will be revealed.
Greg told us that after he exhorted us last month to email Council asking that Hill St be included in the 2021 budget there was a flood of emails on this issue in to Council. Well done all those who emailed them. Greg said that this seems to have had an effect, and that Hill St has suddenly appeared on the agenda when there had been no mention of it before.
Greg advised that he had broached the issue of the dredging of the Mahurangi River with the mayor as the project has run out of money, with no obvious funding paths available. The Mayor is very sympathetic but cannot justify giving funding without doing so on a dollar given for a dollar raised basis. We now need to find other funding streams to tap into to take advantage of the Mayor’s offer.
Rodney Local Board Chair Beth Houlbrooke
Beth also mentioned the upcoming budget. She urged people to give feedback on it between 21st February and 21st March as this is a good way for the Local Board to get a handle on things people see as important. This information can then be used in formulating the Local Board Plan.
The damaged pontoon at Warkworth wharf has been detached and taken ashore downstream for repairs. The boards on the ramp that leads down to the pontoon are being replaced and the riverbed under the pontoon will be dredged before the pontoon is returned. The planking on the wharf itself is rotting and will be replaced. Peter Thompson is looking to try and get hardwood planks as replacements. This is paid for under the Councils maintenance budget
Shoesmith Domain’s playground will be upgraded as part of general maintenance work. The current equipment will all be replaced on a like-for-like basis with maybe a few tweaks if consultation shows it’s warranted.
The Matakana Rd footpath upgrade is nearly completed. The word is that they will then go on and do the new pedestrian crossing over Matakana Rd, but no one’s holding their breath.
Beth told us about the Friends of the Cement Works, which is a relatively new and small group, is looking for support to form a trust to help protect, preserve and promote the old Warkworth Cement ruins. She thinks this is a very exciting project. Please contact Beth if you are interested as they need support to achieve their first aim of forming an incorporated society.
Beth managed to make up a list of all Auckland Council Regional Grants opportunities (see attached), as there is a lot of guesswork using the council website if you don’t know what you are looking for. This list shows the opening and closing dates of each grant and has links to the eligibility criteria. Whoever does your grant applications will appreciate having this and being able to put any relevant ones into the diary. These are of course subject to change.
Auckland Transport has finished the prep work for the Park and Ride ready to put the project out for tender. NZTA have declared themselves happy with what is planned which is a major bonus as they can sometimes hold up proceedings. The site will first be cleaned up by Auckland Council as the ground was contaminated while it was being used as a Council depot. The extent of this clean-up is not yet known. Tenderers will then be sought for the work.
Hueline read out an email we received from Mark Forrest from Glasshape. He commented that it would be good to get more younger people involved in the community through WALG to provide a more youthful perspective. While this would be very welcome, Beth pointed out that it will always be difficult to get young patents out for evening meetings as this is a busy time for young families. She also commented that those in this age range are often heavily involved in the community in different ways, eg through sports events, school affairs, etc. However younger attendees would of course be welcomed, and any ways to achieve this would be great Any suggestions?
Brian Oakes told the meeting that vandals had damaged the lighting on some of the trees at the Warkworth wharf. There was damage done one night to the lights on one tree, then another night more damage was done to lights on another tree and the cable connecting it to its neighbour. All up this cost $600 to repair. To add insult to injury the security camera that is sited to view the trees was not working as its power supply had been turned off. Very frustrating. Signage stating that area is covered by security cameras will be put up in the hope that it will discourage further vandalism.
Roger Williams raised a matter for further discussion next year; what will be happening to the old SH1 once the new motorway opens? This is an opportunity to get ideas from the local community and formulate something to present to AT to give us more chance of getting a result that will benefit the community. Have a think over the Christmas break and we’ll discuss this next year.
Hueline thanked everyone for their kindness after the passing of Warwick.
Meeting Closed: 9.10 pm.
Note that there is no meeting in January. The next meeting will be on February 5th 2020 at 7-30pm