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Makeover in the wind for Gulf Harbour Facilities in Gulf Harbour basin are to receive a makeover by the owners of the town centre’s commercial units, Marlin Group. An upgrade that includes repairs to the ramp onto the band rotunda, as well as painting, lighting, paving repairs and planting in the town centre is in its early stages. Maintenance of the common areas in the town centre is the responsibility of the Town Centre Body Corporate, however Marlin Group, whose company Gabrielles Trustee Company Ltd owns the commercial units, says it is stepping in at the request of its tenants. Consultant John Pratt says little work has been done in the area since the buildings were constructed almost 20 years ago. “We have to provide a better standard of amenities if business in the town centre is to thrive,” Mr Pratt says. “Vandalism and neglect have impacted badly on the area and the tenants want action. We made a commitment to them to sort it out.” He says the fact that the Rugby World Cup is on next year, bringing teams to
Church seeks changes
Gill Plume (left) and Claire Siddens.
the Coast, was also a consideration in the timing of the upgrade. Mr Pratt says he was given the job of planning and implementing the upgrade in May and is about to sign off on a quote for work to commence. The plan is to offer a variety of food and entertainment options in the basin, complementing existing businesses. Work is underway on fitting out three new restaurants and plans include starting up a Saturday market. Mr Pratt says Marlin would also like to see water taxis ply their trade in the canal, and a pontoon built at the bottom of the town centre steps so the
public can row or paddle in. A public meeting will be held early in the New Year to obtain feedback and ideas from residents about the future of the town centre, and the issue will also be on the agenda of the Gulf Harbour Village Residents Association annual meeting in the New Year. Town Centre Body Corp Committee spokesperson Greg Davidson agrees that the town centre has not been well maintained. However, he says the main reason the work has not been carried out is that Marlin Group are in arrears of their Body Corp fees.
St Francis by the Sea Catholic church in Manly has plans to make additions and alterations to its facility, including creation of a memorial garden. The church, located in Motutapu Ave, applied for land use resource consent last month for the changes. An Auckland Council spokesperson advises that the church’s application is currently on hold as officers have requested more information before making a decision regarding public notification. St Francis by the Sea was built in 1984 to cater for a growing Catholic community on Whangaparaoa Peninsula which previously had to travel to Stanmore Bay Community Hall or Whangaparaoa Hall to worship.
Networks provide business support Auckland Council’s “go-to girls” for businesses were introduced at a meeting held by Rodney Economic Development Trust in Orewa this month. Representatives of business associations from Albany and Rodney Wards attended the meeting in hopes of finding out how Auckland Council can help them. Auckland Council economic development adviser Gill Plume introduced herself and Claire Siddens as “your new best buddies” – a point of contact responsible for building business networks. Gill and Claire’s roles include responsibility for Business Associations and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Gill said BIDs offer businesses “strength in numbers” that will be vital in dealing with the new Council. For more info, www.localmatters.co.nz
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