Update from our 2015 AGM

26 June 2015

On Wednesday 24 June we held the second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Meadowbank and St Johns Residents Association.

After the official business (see below for details) was concluded, we had several expert speakers present on the topic of local transport.

Councillor Cameron Brewer provided an introduction to the transport theme, with a macro view of projected population growth in the Auckland region. Main points:

  • In addition to greenfield and infill housing, there are also significant apartment complexes planned for the CBD, all of which will put pressure on existing tranport options.
  • In terms of Orakei Local Board area (within which Meadowbank and St Johns are included), we need more emphasis on feeder buses to get to rail transport links.
  • Unfortunately, not a lot of ratepayers’ upcoming transport targeted rate will be spent within Orakei ward.

Orakei Local Board Chair Desley Simpson gave us the scoop on four important transport projects within Meadowbank and St Johns:

  1. Hot off the press: Lights have been approved by Auckland Transport (AT) for the Grand Drive and Abbotts Way intersection. A roundabout was also considered. Full details available in the Memo Grand Drive Abbotts Way from Orakei Local Board.
  2. The pedestrian entrance from Abbotts Way into Waiatarua Reserve will be tidied up.
  3. Hot off the press: The government has approved funding for the Eastern Path (aka Tamaki Drive – Glen Innes shared walk/cycleway). Digging on the first section from Glen Innes to St Johns Rd will begin in July and is due to be completed next year.
  4. T3 lanes (which are periodically up for review) will be kept along Remuera Rd.

Transport Planner from Auckland Transport, Lorraine Stone, presented about the Corridor Management Plan (CMP) for St Johns Rd and Remuera Rd (from Newmarket to College Rd roundabout). The CMP is a long-term (30 year) strategic document. Locals will be consulted on various projects as they arise.  See the full St Johns Rd/Remuera Rd Corridor Management Plan Presentation.

Local transport enthusiast Greg Nikoloff gave a fascinating presentation. He takes publicly available data about transport and turns it into graphics which speak volumes for current and future transport needs. To view his work, take a look at Greg Nikoloff’s “Past Present and ‘Back to the Future'” presentation.

Official business

Minutes from last year’s AGM were taken as read and accepted. The treasurer’s report was read and accepted. Committee members were approved including Ruth Mackintosh as Chair, Matthew Kelly as Treasurer and Lynda McCarthny as Secretary. A full list of new committee members can be found on our Committee page.

Thanks to our supporters

Countdown Meadowbank, Barfoot & Thompson Meadowbank, Orakei Local Board, Sealink and Meadowbank Corner Chemist.

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