Tauranga city councilors are scratching around to find funding to repair slips around the Mauao base track with one estimate putting the cost of repairs as high as $2.2 million.
"One of the highlights of the Annual Plan Deliberations was the success of a motion to consider ‘Crowd Funding’ to help fund the significant costs of repairing the base track of Mauao,” says city councillor Leanne Brown in a post.
“ ... we were only informed at the Mauao Joint Board Committee on Tuesday that it could be as high as $2.2million. Whilst we’ve yet to make a decision on permanent repair options, we know it’ll be a big number.”
Leanne and councillor Steve Morris put together a recommendation for council staff to seek other funding opportunities from the regional council and central government.
“Mauao is a place where people come from New Zealand wide and even from overseas to walk around, so we thought it would be nice to get some assistance from those areas,” says Mayor Greg Brownless, speaking afterwards.
A short term solution of temporary wooden steps up and over the damaged portion will be in place in the coming months, says Leanne. This won’t cater for pushchairs, but it’ll at least open up the circuit again.
Council staff have also been directed to see if legislation permits the city council to crowd fund through givealittle.
The city council’s parks and recreation manager Mark Smith says council staff are still looking at options for reinstating the track.
“At present we haven’t decided on an option so we don’t know what it may cost – we’re working through this now.
“The engineers who have looked at the site came back with several ways we could reinstate it. We’re looking for a long-term solution that reduces risk around the vulnerable slopes near the slip site that aren’t part of the slip itself. We also need to ensure that it doesn’t have a significant negative impact on historical site. This is a challenge in that particular area of Mauao.”
He says they will know more in a week of two, and have more information about the timeline for temporary access.
The base track has been closed since April when a large slip took out a section of the base track on the southern side of Mauao.