Notes from the June 2019 Meeting

The Newtown Residents’ Association Meeting was held on Monday 17 June 2019

Jared Corston, WCC Liaison – Kia Ora Newtownprovided an update on recent and upcoming activities, including the following:

  • Carrara Park Upgrade, and planned public engagement.
  • Concerns about the state of the Riddiford Street footpath, and also about the street cleaning contract.
  • The Keep New Zealand Beautiful Mural is being painted in the pop-up shop by Izzie Joy, to go on the fence of the construction site on Constable St.  There will be a formal launch.
  • Opportunities for multi-faith fora as have been done elsewhere.
  • City Housing forms will be able to be left at Kia Ora Newtown soon.
  • Toilet block on Constable Street will be upgraded soon, including the surrounding area.

Marg Jenner – GM Wakefield Hospital, with Jeff Arthur, Manager, Property & Projects

  • Major redevelopment of Wakefield Hospital is happening, mainly to replace the earthquake-prone building.
  • Hawkins Construction have got the contract for this work, which will start in a few weeks.
  • Parking has been identified by them as a significant issue.  Staff will park offsite, during construction, patients, doctors, contractors etc, will have space onsite.
  • There is a strong sense of history, which is being carefully recorded, and will be made public in the end
  • Build will be six days a week.  Saturday finishes earlier.
  • Wakefield Hospital’s update page: https://www.wakefield.co.nz/development

Lets Get Wellington Moving

Willy Trolove, Engagement Lead from NZTAhttps://getwellymoving.co.nz/

Luke Troy, Greater Wellington Strategy

“Last month the Transport Minister Phil Twyford, with support from Mayor Justin Lester and Greater Wellington Regional Council Chair Chris Laidlaw, announced the $6.4 billion Indicative Package for Let’s Get Wellington Moving, a 20-year plan for Wellington’s transport future. Luke Troy, General Manager Strategy for GWRC and LGWM team member, will explain the Indicative Package and next steps for LGWM.”

  • This is the start of a very big, long-term, programme.  It needs community and political support.
  • Luke worked through a Powerpoint presentation.
  • Currently the planning is very high-level, not yet at street level.
  • City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and NZTA working together.
  • Funding is about $3.7 billion over 20-years – 60/40 split Central / Local Government + users.
  • There are other projects outside Wellington that add a few more billions.
  • Lots of detailed questions will be resolved over the next 12 – 18 months.
  • SH1 Projects (eg 2nd Terrace Tunnel and trenching Koru Drive) have been delayed
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