Manukau Courier : December 9th 2010
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Auckland Council eco design adviser and sustainable living trustee Eion Scott will focus on insulation, clean heating and subsidies homeowners can get from the government. He ll also be talking about the relationship between a warm home and health and sustainability. Attendees are urged to bring along insulation questions and there ll also be a prizes, give- aways, games and displays. The community insulation talk is on Sunday from noon to 2pm at the main stage, China Town, 262 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki. Bookings are not necessary. Search is on for rail route to airport By KAREN MANGNALL A big step is being taken toward a rail link to Auckland airport with tenders called for a study into preferred routes. The first stage of the south- western airport multi-model corridor project is being funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency. It will identify routes for rapid transit and state highways between the airport and the Manukau Harbour crossing, the SH20-SH20B junc- tion and Manukau s commercial and industrial zone. The study will also look into improvements to state high- ways and public transport, including bus and rail rapid transit, and integrated land use along the transport links. Later stages of the project include more detailed study of preferred routes and then pro- tecting the chosen route. The project s a joint venture between the agency and Auck- land Transport, the Auckland Council, KiwiRail and Auckland airport. The number of passengers using the airport are expected to rise from 13.4 million a year now to 24 million in 2025 and up to 36 million in 2050. A recent economic study pro- jected an extra 17,000 jobs in the airport area over the next decade. The former Auckland Trans- port Authority identified 29km of double-tracked heavy rail between Britomart and the air- port as the preferred rapid tran- sit option for the southwest. Event down but not out Christmas cancelled: Manurewa Christmas in the Park organiser Reverend Mark Beale at the Mountfort Park rugby grounds where the annual family evening's been cancelled for this year. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK By KAREN MANGNALL CHRISTMAS won t be in the Park in Manurewa after all this weekend. The plug s been pulled on the annual free family cele- bration on Saturday. Lack of funding, supercity upheavals and construction at the Mountfort Park venue have combined to scuttle this year s event, organiser Rever- end Mark Beale says. We ve decided to leave it this year. Around 15,000 people at- tended last year s family evening. But Clendon s churches, who ve hosted the event for the past five years at the request of the old Manurewa Community Board, were also left to pick up a $8000 fund- ing shortfall. Under the original agree- ment the board was to do the fundraising and the churches would run and promote the event with help from local schools and community groups, Mr Beale says. But over five years the community board slowly opted out of its part of the equation. Even with huge volunteer support the five-hour event cost about $25,000 to run. A cut in the board s grant for this year and fewer sponsors meant the churches faced having to raise most of that themselves. There was no way we could underwrite $20,000 -- we re not able to raise that amount. The move to the supercity also put a question mark over the usual help with resource consents from the council events team and the venue is being disrupted by the upgrade of Manurewa Rug- by s clubrooms. It was just not wise to do it, Mr Beale says. We ll bring it back next year with the church and community organisations do- ing it. They ll meet in February and spend the whole year planning and raising funds. Mr Beale expects to apply to the new Manurewa Local Board for funding. But we re not looking to the local board to be the main driver because that obviously won t happen. This year s cancellation is just a hiccup, he says, and Manurewa Christmas in the Park will survive. We ve discovered over the last five years that the com- munity wants it.
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