Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland now needs to sort out its CRL funding

Media release

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Auckland now needs to sort out its CRL funding, not rely on ratepayers

“Auckland Council now needs to get its alternative funding sources sorted for the City Rail Link. So far ratepayers alone have been coughing up. Over the first three financial years of this council, we’ve allocated nearly half a billion dollars on work around protecting the route. It’s time to confirm other practical funding sources,” says Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer, responding to the Government’s statement to advance the City Rail Link.

“Two years ago the Mayor promised the possibility of a public referendum at the 2013 local body elections over the likes of possible toll roads to fund his City Rail Link. With the Government now on board, I call on him to reconsider a referendum on how Aucklanders want to fund their contribution.

“In the meantime how Auckland funds its part of the project remains completely up in the air. That now needs to be addressed as suburban ratepayers alone cannot and should not fund Auckland’s contribution.

“At the very least the Consensus Building Group now needs to step up and next month give some strong recommendations to councillors on how best Auckland achieves this.”

“The new end delivery date won’t actually be too different to what Gerry Brownlee was promoting when he talked about 2030. The council’s start and finish dates of 2015 and 2022 were completely unworkable and unrealistic. Now if the project is to start in 2020, its finish date won’t be too far off the 2030 completion date that some of us thought was much more realistic.

“The Government probably needs to lock down its contribution in dollar terms, as the project costs have reportedly gone up six fold in the past eight years. It’s now time to put a line in the sand. We’ve got to make sure the costs don’t keep running away for the likes of taxpayers and Aucklanders.

“Already this 3km tunnelling project is set to cost nearly $1 million a metre. That’s $10,000 a cm or $1,000 a mm. Auckland and taxpayers now need to get some cost certainty and containment,” says Cameron Brewer.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news