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Car parks to be installed in Anzac Street

Car parks to be installed in Anzac Street

Six car parks will be installed along Anzac Street over the next few weeks. The car parks are adjacent to the entrance to Alfred Cox Park and will be welcomed by parents of Awapuni School students who are using the entrance to drop their children off at school.

Since the Alfred Cox Cycle and Walkway opened with a new bridge across Waikanae Creek, large numbers of Awapuni students are using the Anzac Street entrance to Alfred Cox Park to get to school. This is keeping parents and children away from busy Awapuni Road, and the associated traffic risks.

The car parks will be installed in the road reserve outside 39, 41, 46, and 48 Anzac Street. In order to fit in these car parks, two street trees will be removed this week. Two replacement trees will be planted in Alfred Cox Park.

The new cycle and walkway connects Grey Street with Stanley Road, through Alfred Cox Park, across Waikanae Creek and past the back of Awapuni School.

The cycle and walkway is already getting lots of use, says project manager Kylie Cranston. “There is still a bit of work to put the finishing touches on the route. Timber seats will be installed in the three seating areas shortly. We will be putting in a ramp in the kerb at Grey Street for easy bike access and signs will be installed.”

The ‘Waikanae Stream Dream Team’ is holding an Autumn Clean Up on Saturday 29 March between 9am and 12 noon. This will involve planting and picking up rubbish. The Dream Team is also working with businesses in the area to adopt a spot. The plan is to encourage local businesses to take ownership for keeping their place and accompanying public space looking attractive. Eastland Port has already joined this programme and has begun planting the bank in front of their coolstore. Awapuni School are also getting Involved in landscaping some areas near the school.”

”The ‘Waikanae Stream Dream Team’ includes representatives from Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Te Ora Hou Trust, Women’s Native Tree Project, Keep Gisborne Beautiful, Department of Conservation, Gisborne District Council, Eastland Port, Gisborne Forest and Bird, and Jukes Transport.

“The Department of Conservation are also getting involved. They are holding a Waikanae Stream Restoration Plan Hui this week. Anyone who would like to get involved in any of these projects please contact DoC.”

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