The Mount base-track; truth and fiction

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris

Some incredible figures about the Mount base-track jumped out of the ‘letters to the editor’ last week. First, a claim that it cost $640,000 to construct temporary steps and another that it’ll cost $7m to bypass a 20m slip. Both figures are incorrect. The temporary steps cost $30,000 to build and a brand-new base-track along the entire south-west side of the mountain on a rock seawall with boardwalks is estimated to cost $5.3m but that’s not the only option.

So, what’s happening? Council’s asked for options ranging from a comparatively cheap and ugly repair of the single slip to outright replacing the base-track on the south-western side. The latter option is the only one that’s been reported so it’s easy to see why there are some misconceptions out there.

Why consider more than just repairing the slip? Mauao is eroding and will continue to slip. It’d lack foresight to only consider repairing one slip when there’s no guarantee another won’t occur nearby in a couple of years’ time. That’s why we should also look at a ‘do it once and do it right option’ that will keep the track open for the next 50-100 years. If money must come from another project, such as prettying up Elizabeth St, let’s do it. Mauao is a nationally and internationally significant walk and part of what makes living here so wonderful.

This’s my final column as we enter the election period. Thanks for reading over the past three years; especially to those that phoned, emailed or wrote letters over that time.


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