Nor West News : April 19th 2012
www.nor-westnews.co.nz 6 NOR-WEST NEWS, APRIL 19, 2012 NEWS Your voice for Rodney Find out more We need your support and input to help us shape a stronger future for our area and to bring these aspirations to life. To view the Rodney Local Board Plan and fnd out more about how you can play your part, please contact us. 09 301 0101 www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/rodney rodneylocalboard@aucklandcouncil. govt.nz The hard courts have been resealed and repainted, to beneft Kaukapakapa residents and the wider community in their sporting activities. This project was identifed by the former Rodney District Council and completed by the Rodney Local Board. The Rodney Local Board and Auckland Council completed the work over the summer months after a member of the public suggested the courts needed an upgrade. Local board member Brenda Steele says the upgrade is a huge beneft to the sports teams and families that play there. Sinclair Park is the hub of Kaukapakapas sporting community. There are a lot of teams from different sporting codes that use the entire park and the hard courts were increasing in popularity but getting quite old. Having good quality courts to play on is something that our residents deserve, and we are thrilled that this project has been delivered. Great turnout for the Warkworth Town Hall feedback launch The Rodney Local Board would like to thank everyone who attended the public meeting on the future of the Warkworth Town Hall. Over 100 people came to fnd out more information about several proposals for the Category One heritage building and many brought new suggestions for local board members to consider. Local board member Brenda Steele says the turnout at the event was excellent. Its great to see the community really getting involved and telling us their preferred options for the hall and other ideas that we will also consider, she says. Quite a few people have come to us suggesting that the hall should be demolished, and even though this was not one of the original options for us to consider, it is something that some parts of the community are interested in fnding out more about. The process to remove the halls heritage status or obtain resource consent for demolition would be lengthy, and we cannot guarantee that it is something that can be done, says Mrs Steele. The Rodney Local Board will make a decision in late April or early May about the future of the Warkworth Town Hall, taking into consideration the feedback from the public. We want to make the best decision for the residents of Warkworth, and having so much feedback from the community will help us to do so. Once a decision is made, the Rodney Local Board will meet with the Governing Body of Auckland Council to look at funding options. Brenda Steele at the resealed Sinclair Park hard courts. (Left to right) Rodney Local Board members June Turner, Brenda Steele, Tracey Martin, Steven Garner and Ilona Rodgers and Graeme North from the Warkworth Town Hall Advisory Committee. www.facebook.com/rodneylocalboard 50 Centreway Road, Orewa Rodney parks get a makeover Sinclair Park is now ready for another winter season of games. Other park upgrades are also happening around the Rodney area. New playground equipment has been installed behind the Helensville library and the Rodney Local Board and Mayor Len Brown offcially opened the new amenity block at Shelly Beach last month. As outlined in our local board plan, we want to provide for the recreational needs of our community, and its upgrades like these that make a difference for locals, says Mrs Steele. OG_0922E_NWN Services to the rescue Hello hello: Teacher aid Olive Porter is geared up in police apparel as Constable Dave Mitchell explains their work to Riverhead School students. Photos: RANI TIMOTI Eager learners: Duncan Erasmus from St John's takes questions about their vital role in the community. Survival scenario: Students learn Riverhead scout tips on how to put up bivouacs as shelter in emergency situations. Civil defence: Jamie Richards from Auckland Council explains safety strategies to take when enduring disasters like an earthquake. Staff and students at Riverhead School have an extra leg up if an emergency goes down. They learned a range of skills and tips from rep- resentatives of St John, the police, Kumeu Volunteer Fire Brigade, Muriwai Life- guard Service, Civil Defence, the Riverhead Scouts and the air force during their Who Can Help Me?'' day. Organising teacher Dianne Cook says everyone had a great time as part of their school-wide study into emergency services. It's amazing how some of the students didn't know who would help them when they were in a spot of bother.'' Visit nor-westnews.co.nz to see air force representatives Shane McGregor and Dan McCormack show students how to rescue someone.
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