Manukau Courier : March 10th 2011
4 MANUKAU COURIER, MARCH 10, 2011 NEWS SUNDAY, 13 MARCH 2011 Leave the city behind you and join us out in the paddock for some FREE family fun! Experience the sights, sounds and smells of farming. BILL AND LYN CASHMORE Cashmore Farms 3,000 acre hill country sheep and beef farm 389 Kawakawa-Orere Road 20 minutes east of Clevedon on the road between Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point Five shearers shearing 2,000 sheep Interactive activities for children Working dog demonstrations Native bush walks 4X4 wheel drive trips from stream to sky 10am – 3pm Visit www.farmday.org.nz for maps, direc tions and fur ther information FARM DAY is a national agric ultural event coordinated and hosted by Federated Farmers of New Zealand. Supported by the Government’s Sustainable Farming Fund WHY CONSIDER DILWORTH? Based in Auckland, Dilworth is a century old Christian based school, supported by a substantial charitable trust. As one of the area’s top educational providers, it is also a keen supporter of sport, music and cultural activities. Please forward a prospectus and application form to: Name____________________________________________ Telephone (0 ) ____________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ __ Year the boy will be in NEXT year _____________________________________________________ Complete and post to : The Applications Manager, Dilworth Trust Board, Private Bag 28 904, Remuera, Auckland 1541 COMM2011 WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION WILL A DILWORTH SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDE? ° A renowned, all expenses paid, full boarding school education ° Education and development of the complete boy in a caring and supportive environment based on Anglican traditions ° Development of untapped potential WHO CAN APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP? ° Parents or guardians of modest financial means ° One or two parent families ° Those resident in the North Island Scholarships are available for boys who will be in Year 5, Year 7 or Year 9 in 2012. Very limited places may be available in Years 6, 8, 10, 11 and 12. HOW DO I APPLY? Either: 1. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 2. Telephone 09 523 3179 ext 701 or 3. Download from www.dilworth.school.nz or 4. Complete the for m below and post DILWORTH4114 Fully funded boarding school education for boys from modest income families Apply now for a 2012 scholarship OPEN DAY Friday 18 March 2011, 1.00 to 3.00pm Junior Campus (Years 5 to 8) - 27 Omahu Road, REMUERA Senior Campus (Years 9 to 13) - 2 Erin Street, EPSOM $60m cut, but Brown says carry on By KAREN MANGNALL Keep calm and carry on — that’s the message from mayor Len Brown to local boards worried their key projects could be sacrificed to prevent an Auckland Council blowout. Mr Brown wants a maximum 4.9 per cent rates rise from July instead of the projected 8.9 per cent increase inherited in the super- city merger. That means cutting $60 million from the draft 2011-12 budget, which plans to spend $1.8 billion on services and $773 million on capi- tal projects. Many local boards fear the knife could be taken to their funding agree- ments with the council, Manurewa chairman Daniel Newman says. The lack of informa- tion on where the council could make those cuts leaves local boards ‘‘sail- ing in the fog’’. ‘‘How are we reason- ably expected to consult on a plan which contains this great big $60 million black hole?’’ Boards are also strug- gling to make sense of draft budgets with little or nothing allocated for capital projects. Mr Newman is par- ticularly worried about rates-funded capital projects like finishing the Manurewa town cen- tre upgrade: ‘‘Is that potentially in jeopardy because we need to save $60 million?’’ The Mangere-Otahuhu local board is worried what it will mean for their environmental projects, chairman Peter Skelton says. Two of their key projects include a Manu- kau Harbour clean-up and work to offset Watercare’s plans to dump biosolids on Puketutu Island. ‘‘It’s about clean water and better air,’’ Mr Skelton says. Chairman for the Otara-Papatoetoe board John McCracken says it doesn’t want redevelop- ment of Old Papatoetoe town centre ‘‘canned or deferred’’. ‘‘Things have been allocated and set in place by legacy councils and we don’t want those things chopped back.’’ But Mr Brown says boards just need to get on with ensuring ‘‘their own aspirations’’ get into their 2011-12 agree- ments with the council. ‘‘It won’t impact on service levels and in gen- eral it will not impact overly on the long-term plans that I’ve agreed to abide by.’’ Funding is already there for projects like the Old Papatoetoe redevel- opment which are in their legacy council’s long-term plan, he says. Boards wanting to start projects that don’t make this funding agree- ment ‘‘might want to look at a targeted rate if they want to do it within an earlier time frame’’. Mr Brown says ‘‘there’s plenty of time’’ to sort out the budget before June and boards need to be patient: ‘‘So it’s business as usual and easy as she goes.’’ Board budgets Draft budgets for local boards are open for public comment dur- ing the Auckland Council’s 2011-2012 annual plan consul- tations. Mangere-Otahuhu: $17.3m spending, $2.2m revenue, $15.1m funding needed. Priorities: ❚ upgrade Manukau foreshore ❚ advance Otahuhu library redevelopment and swimming pool ❚ immediate upgrade to Otahuhu rail station and central bus stop ❚ road widening at Orly Ave-Bader Drive intersection. Unbudgeted: ❚ plan upgrades to Kiwi Esplanade, Mangere East town centre, Mangere town centre toilets ❚ restore Seaside Park playing fields ❚ Otahuhu annual inorganic rubbish collections Otara-Papatoetoe: $20.3m spending, $6m revenue, $14.3m funding. Priorities: ❚ clean up Otara Lake ❚ upgrade Old Papatoetoe, Hunters Corner, Otara business centres ❚ museum and arts centre for Papatoetoe, Otara youth centres ❚ second Shirley Rd- Station Rd rail crossing. Unbudgeted: ❚ Upgrades for Papatoetoe and Otara CABs, housing for the elderly, Tupu Library, Fresh Gallery, Stadium Reserve ❚ complete the Otara town centre interchange ❚ develop Rongomai Park sports fields and football club ❚ new tennis dome at Manukau Sports Bowl ❚ complete Te Puke Otara-Hampton Park heritage reserve. Manurewa: $20m spending, $4.8m revenue, $15.1m funding. Priorities: ❚ development of Netball Manurewa Centre, Mountfort Park multisport complex surrounds, Riverton Reserve ❚ new southbound lane on SH1 between Manurewa and Takanini. Unbudgeted: ❚ youth, maori advisory and social policy groups for the ward ❚ complete Manurewa town centre makeover ❚ provide accom- modation for Manurewa CAB. Submissions close at 4pm on April 1 for the annual plan and local board agreements. For copies go to www. aucklandcouncil.govt. nz, libraries and council service centres or call 301-0101.
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