Investing in Auckland’s future 28 Jun 2012Investing in Auckland’s future
The Auckland Council formally adopted its Long-term Plan (LTP) today, cementing the Mayor’s vision for Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city.
The scale of investment across parks, sports grounds, stormwater, water, wastewater and community facilities totals $8.2 billion, alongside a combined transport budget totalling $9.3 billion, of which $5.3 billion is committed to upgrading roads and footpaths.
“The adoption of this LTP is a historic moment for Auckland,” says Mayor Len Brown.
“We are delivering a package of new projects to the tune of $17.5 billion which demonstrate this council’s commitment to getting the basics right. In addition, we have successfully absorbed the cost of the amalgamation in the first 18 months.
“We have kept rate increases to 3.6 per cent – far lower than projected, driven $1.7 billion in savings, and delivered on necessary upgrades to council services.”
The LTP includes funding for a number of significant projects such as the City Rail Link and the electrification of the network, job creation projects such as the planned innovation precincts, public transport initiatives and major stormwater infrastructure improvements.
There are also numerous community-based projects, such as
• 11 new or refurbished libraries and improved services through a $196 million investment
• $688 million into local sports and recreational parks
• $187 million into aquatic and leisure centre upgrades
• Stormwater and flood protection work totalling $973 million
The plan also includes $38 billion for operational services across Auckland
The Office of the Auditor-General has given the council's LTP a clean bill of health.
In adopting the plan the council has also introduced a range of new finance and revenue policies, including a uniform rate system as required by the amalgamation of Auckland.
“Balancing the extraordinary complexities of amalgamation with the need to create a vision for the new Auckland has been a huge ask, but this budget gives us the foundation blocks necessary to transform this city once and for all.”
The final published copy of Auckland Council’s Long-term Plan (2012-2022) will be available from 27 July.
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