Aucklanders are being urged to have their say on the future of The Landing at Ōkahu Bay, with time running out for feedback on the Ōrākei local board’s vision for the facility.
It follows the closure of the hardstand at The Landing in February – the last such council-run facility in the Auckland region – and after an earlier consultation process in 2022.
The hardstand is an Auckland Council-owned facility that has seen significant investment with state-of-the-art sand filters ensuring no waste product runs to the sea, and dust covers to protect boats and the surroundings during painting and sanding. The yard also has an impeccable safety record.
Auckland Council is seeking feedback on an updated plan for The Landing, which can be viewed by clicking on this link.
This plan does not include a hardstand but instead uses the existing space for storage of boats and marine equipment.
The council will be accepting feedback until September 24 before approving a refreshed concept plan for The Landing later in 2023.
Yachting New Zealand supports keeping this facility as a short-term haulout service to meet Auckland Council’s new biosecurity recommendations - at least until a more robust plan can be agreed on, chief executive David Abercrombie said.
“Due to increasing biosecurity threats from invasive marine species and the shrinking capacity in Auckland harbour to clean boats annually, maintaining the hardstand for short-term haulouts would be a positive contribution to reducing this risk,” Abercrombie said.
“Aucklanders should consider carefully what they want this area used for and how the outcome will affect the Auckland boating community.
“The Ōrākei local board will close the hardstand unless they hear otherwise from ratepayers.”