In 2015 by a one vote majority, the Albert-Eden Board voted to carve up Chamberlain Park. We are fighting back!
The Albert Eden Board decided to chop up Chamberlain Park based on incorrect information and a flawed consultation process. They want to develop the land, but have a poorly thought out Masterplan which will destroy a very busy public golf course and a well used and loved public green-space open to all Aucklanders. The Masterplan looks to remove over 1000 trees, many protected and replace half of the area with hard surfaces .
In 2014, 534 people signed a petition to keep Chamberlain as it is, but were ignored. We, a group of concerned citizens have formed and Incorporated Society (Save Chamberlain Park Inc) to challenge this decision, We have been to the High Court for a Judicial Review of the council decision. Read about this on our NEWS/BLOG page. Since we started the petition, over 15,000 supporters have signed up to our petition www.change.org/p/save-chamberlain-park.
A donation site site was started (https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/savechamberlainpark) to fund another Judicial Review, this time to challenge the Council’s decision to grant itself Resource Consent for Stage 2 of the Masterplan and for it to be NON-NOTIFIED . We believe the Council planner’s did not follow their own rules and, as it is of significant public interest, the public should be able to make submissions!! So with the threat of legal action, the Council have now surrendered the Resource Consent and the AELB have subsequently voted to spend $1 million on specialist reports and a business plan for the WHOLE Masterplan, not piecemeal stages. It is estimated this business plan will take 12-18 months. That report will then be submitted to the Environment Court with the application for Resource Consent and public submissions will be permitted. We await with interest! Meanwhile there is an election coming up…..OCTOBER 2019.
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WHY DO WE NEED TO SAVE CHAMBERLAIN?
Because it is an Auckland wide facility – It’s not just an Albert-Eden green space.
BECAUSE THE GOLFERS WHO PLAY HERE ARE AVERAGE AUCKLANDERS – THEY ARE NOT RICH
They are the over 60s
They are European, Maori, Polynesian and Asian,
The are the young hackers who love to play three times a year
They are those who don’t want to spend the money on private course membership
They are those who love the course as it is and has been since 1938
BECAUSE THE ALBERT-EDEN BOARD have not thought it through
First they wanted a Chinese garden and six sports fields. Then they wanted two sports fields and a driving range and a barbeque/recreation area!! Suddenly an Aquatic Centre was introduced to plans. The fact that they never put a survey option to retain the present facilities is an unfair, underhand, non transparent way of making the chop without opposition.
Well, we are opposing them!! Over one third of the course would have to be leveled to create 2 sports fields. The estimated cost for the fill and the artificial turf is $15 million! Nearly half of the course will be replaced with hard surfaces. Albert Eden have more than sufficient sports field (playing hours per week) for a population of 105,000. If they spent the money on sand-carpeting the existing fields, the current sports fields would cater for a population of 145,000!
BECAUSE THE GREEN SPACE, TREES AND WILD LIFE WILL BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED
All the trees on the current golf course will need to be culled to make way for the proposed changes. That, is over 1,000 tree chopped down. Large tree and canopy loss will be a significant blow to the atmospheric pollution mitigation, water management, land temperature, ecology and birdlife of the area. Chamberlain Park is part of the bird corridor from the Waitakere Ranges to the Waitamata.
BECAUSE RATE PAYERS COULD BE UP FOR AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT IF THE BOARD IS SUCCESSFUL WITH THEIR vanity PLANS
Any plans published to date have not included a full and accurate costing. Redeveloping a well used public facility that generates more than $1m in revenue a year is just plain dumb.
The Albert-Eden Local Board in arguing for change said there is not enough green space in their catchment. Not true. Albert Eden has 10% green space. Cities around the world consider this ideal. There are also significant parks and reserves both in and around the area including a green belt that goes all the way from Western Springs Park to the Waitemata. There are 68 sports fields within a radius of 2km from Chamberlain Park!!
CHAMBERLAIN PARK IS ONE OF ONLY TWO PUBLIC GOLF COURSES SERVICING THE ENTIRE AUCKLAND REGION
Over 80% of players come from out of the Albert-Eden area. Players come from the wider Auckland city and surrounds because they can’t afford to or don’t want to belong to private clubs. Should all Aucklanders be deprived of this public facility because four members of the Albert-Eden Board think it’s a good idea?
BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST COURSES IN NEW ZEALAND
The Albert-Eden Board was told 9000 play per year. This is not true!
There is over 50,000 rounds of golf played at Chamberlain per year! It is forecast to grow with the population of Auckland and as more aging Aucklanders take to golf as a source of exercise.
Of all the Sport and Active Recreation activities ( 1 ), golf is the 3rd highest (318,000). It is the highest participation sport for those over 40. Since City Parks have taken over the management and undertaken significant improvements on site, there has been a marked increase in the numbers playing.
BECAUSE THE GAME NEEDS 18 HOLES
Not 12, not 9, not a driving range. The Albert-Eden Board says golfers prefer to play 9 holes. Not true! New Zealand Golf survey (2) shows people want more time to play 18. Not fewer holes. They can play 9 holes on an 18 hole course!
A petition supporting Chamberlain be kept as an 18 hole course was sent to the Albert-EdenBoard signed by 534 people. They took no notice. (3)
HOW CAN WE SAVE CHAMBERLAIN?
SIGN OUR PETITION
This will be sent to all the members of the Albert Eden Board and the Auckland Mayoral candidates
The people of the Albert-Eden electorate can vote against the five councillors who supported the “carve-up” or abstained
COUNCILLORS THAT VOTED FOR THE CHOP ARE: CITY VISION’S
COUNCILLORS THAT VOTED AGAINST THE CHOP ARE: C & R
Changes to Council
Helga Arlington and Tim Woodfield have been replaced by
Jessica Rose (CV) and Benjamin Lee (C&R)
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