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Bigger beachfront being explored

Bigger beachfront being explored

September 19, 2006

North Shore City Council is working with Murrays Bay Sailing Club in an effort to ensure boaties and everyone else can enjoy even more of the beachfront reserve.

It has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the 165-member club, which means a mutually beneficial public-private partnership can be explored.

North Shore City community services and parks committee chairwoman, Margaret Miles, says the purpose is to make use of more beachfront reserve.

"That is why the council took the opportunity to buy the two sites adjacent to the club on Beach Rd for $3.16m," she says.

North Shore City parks and leisure manager, Andrew Rutledge, explains that an exchange of the land the club is on for what has been bought will be explored.

"That way Murrays Bay Sailing Club could build the larger clubrooms it needs with more storage, and we can open up more of the beachfront reserve to the public," he says.

"That would allow the existing facilities, which need to be renewed anyway, to be relocated so they are not in the middle of the reserve, leaving close to 800sq m of extra open space."

North Shore City Council also bought and cleared 650sq m adjacent to Takapuna Beach in May, and aims to make the most of beachfront reserves across the city.

Murrays Bay Sailing Club commodore, Richard Press, says if a partnership were to be formed, it would be good for the club, and the future of sailing in North Shore City.

"We would be able to provide improved undercover and outdoor storage for boats, a larger rigging area, better shower and toilet facilities, and more private rooms in the club house," he says.

"We'll be able to facilitate and encourage more North Shore youth into sailing and give our sailors the competition they need to continue to reach the top of their sport."

Murrays Bay Sailing Club already has a long history of success, with Olympic and world champion sailors including Dean Barker, Craig Monk, Nik Burfoot, Hamish Wilcox, and Dan Slater all coming from the club.

North Shore City Council and Murrays Bay Sailing Club are currently working on a development plan to assess the concept's feasibility. People would have the opportunity to have their say during the resource consent process.

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