Public consultation is now open on a proposed Auckland Golf Investment Plan, which aims to ensure that all Aucklanders can benefit from publicly-owned land.
Councillor Alf Filipaina, Chair of the council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee, says with Auckland continuing to grow at a rapid rate, there are competing demands for land, putting pressure on the council to increase the benefits from public investment.
“Public golf courses are generally large parcels of open space and there is a lot of potential to open these up for more Aucklanders to enjoy,” he said.
“We could see increased benefits such as making room for new play places, walking, running and cycling paths, and other sport and recreation activities.
“Of course, as a plan for golf, it’s important that we continue investment into the sport. The draft plan provides for a broader range of golf experiences and pathways that attract new participants, with services targeted at low participation groups such as women and young people.
“This is why we’re going out for consultation, to hear these voices and listen to feedback from all Aucklanders on what they would like to see.”
Auckland Council Head of Active Recreation, Dave Stewart says Council also needs to ensure it continues catering for the 100,000 Aucklanders who play golf annually.
“Almost all of Auckland’s golf courses are traditional 18-hole development-level courses suitable for more experienced golfers, which are declining in number, and we’re seeing a shortage of entry-level golf options for those wanting to start out,” said Mr Stewart.
“This current exclusive use of publicly owned land for golf is not sustainable. Some Aucklanders are missing out on the benefits of golf, and as a council we are obliged to meet a wider range of community needs.”
The draft Auckland Golf Investment Plan provides overarching direction for future use and investment in public golf course land across the Auckland region. Any decisions on individual golf courses will be made on a case-by-case basis, following the process outlined in the plan if it is adopted, Council said in a statement.
Auckland Council General Manager Community and Social Policy, Kataraina Maki says the plan is real opportunity to implement the city’s kaitiakitanga framework.
“These large, green spaces provide an opportunity for us to increase natural and environmental benefits,” she said.
Public consultation is open until 20 April 2022. For the full proposed plan, more information and how you can have your say, visit akhaveyoursay.nz