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

 

Racetracks Benefit Community - City Council

Auckland City Council - City Scene

Community benefits from racetracks: Alexandra Park

The three racetracks located within Auckland City - Alexandra Park, Ellerslie and Avondale - provide considerable benefits to the community.

Alexandra Park in Epsom, three minutes drive off the southern motorway, is the headquarters for the Auckland Trotting Club, which owns the freehold of the 50 acre property, with a book value of $30 million. It is administered by a Board of Management under chairman and Club president Brian Meale, and general manager Graham Dale.

Brian Meale says although Alexandra Park is owned by the Club, he regards it as an integral part of the city's entertainment and recreational facilities.

"We are a large landowner, paying Auckland City over $150,000 in rates and the park provides priceless green space in a highly developed suburb.

"We want to encourage the use of the grounds and buildings for community purposes. The park has been used for circuses, specialist sports events, Expos and conferences, horse events, motor shows, boat shows, weddings, company annual meetings and so on."

One of the benefits of the complex is its off-street parking for 1700 vehicles. This is available to visitors to Greenlane Hospital, and events at Auckland Showgrounds.

Brian Meale sees the possible development of park and ride facilities as a real option for the future.

The park's main purpose is running 45 race meetings annually, which provide a proving ground for the New Zealand standardbred, which is now a significant export earner. Last year, horse exports were worth $90 million to the country's economy. About a third of the total came from standardbreds exported to Australia, the United States and Canada.

Racing is at night under lights, and a recent move to Thursdays will free up the facilities for other uses on Friday and Saturday nights, providing more scope for other functions.

In anticipation of increased demand, the Club has embarked on an ambitious programme of upgrading its restaurants and bars. It also runs its own catering operation.

Future developments at Alexandra Park include the building of a 1200 pupil secondary school on a portion of the club's carpark, and the development of the school's playing fields inside the existing racetrack.
"The Club is developing future options in association with planners from Auckland City, and wants to ensure local people are included in the development process," says Brian Meale.

"By April next year we expect to have reached agreement on plans for the future of Alexandra Park, and all major redevelopment projects will be finished in 18 months".

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels