New signs will be erected in reserves in the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board area – including eight reserves on the Coast.
In total the work is expected to cost the local board around $160,273 – with $58,970 of this being spent on signs in Hibiscus Coast reserves. This has gone up from the original cap of $100,000. The report presented by Auckland Council staff to the local board states that the original contract was signed in 2018 and prices for materials have increased since then, especially due to the implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Auckland Council began assessing the condition of signs in the region in 2016.
The reserves that needed new signs were selected based on how many were in poor condition or the priority rating provided by the local board. Issues include signs with legacy Council logos, and the desire to provide better readability and more information. All the new signs will be in Te Reo Maori as well as English, in line with Council policy.
While sign upgrades and new signs in most reserves is costing in the vicinity of $3000-$6000, the biggest spend is on two local reserves – Ōrewa Reserve, $13,678 and Stanmore Bay Park, $12,341. A total of $10,742 is being spent on signs at Arundel Reserve in Ōrewa.
At last month’s meeting, the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board approved the proposed signs.
Designs will now be finalised and Council staff will undertake a final walk over of the reserves “to ensure no changes to signage have occurred since the last site inspections”.
Once this is completed, signs will be manufactured and installed.