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Historic vote delivers Viaduct to city

Historic vote delivers Viaduct to city, clears way for marine events centre

The Infrastructure Auckland Electoral College (IAEC) voted this morning to transfer America’s Cup Village Limited (ACVL) Viaduct Basin land to the Auckland City Council.

The move is described as one of the most significant property acquisitions in the city’s history.

It means that the land and berthage, best known as the home to America’s Cup syndicates, will remain in public ownership in perpetuity. Auckland City Council plans to create a marine events facility for the region at the Viaduct.

The land transfer is still subject to detailed agreement being reached between the Auckland City Council and IA. Auckland City Council’s Recreation and Events Committee chairperson, Councillor Scott Milne, says it is exciting to be involved in securing an intergenerational asset that all Aucklanders, from grandparents to grandchildren, can enjoy.

“The marine events facility will provide greater access to the public and be a one-stop shop which will make it easier and more cost effective to run events. It will give us the opportunity to explore a wider range of activities like on-water concerts and boatshows”.

Auckland City Mayor, Hon John Banks, says there is so little open space left in this City “we needed to save this property from commercial exploitation”.

“From the time of the loss of the America’s Cup, I have had a vision that all this land should be part of a marine events facility owned by the people of Auckland in perpetuity. The Chairman of the Electoral College, Sir Barry Curtis, has from day one shown total support for this proposition for which I am grateful,” says the Mayor.

Auckland City has already invested $54 million in the Viaduct Harbour, establishing it as a major regional facility. It means the council now owns the entire accessway. Last month it bought the Eastern Viaduct for $5.1 million.

The Western Viaduct assets are expected to become Auckland City’s by the end of the year.

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