After the shock news last month that Auckland Council is proposing to sell off a perfectly good and well-loved reserve, residents mounted a passionate campaign to stop the sale.
Following the community action day that Beacon reported on last month, a large contingent attended the March Whau Local Board meeting to support Annie Bradshaw as she presented to the board on their behalf.
From the start Davern Reserve was designed in 1994 as an integrated part of the subdivision. Some of the current residents were foundation buyers and purchased because of the reserve at the heart of the street. They have had families with children who have grown up playing together at the reserve at the end of the street. Now their grandchildren are becoming part of the community.
The Board was sympathetic to the presentation, which noted that the reserve has helped build a community and a sense of place – something that Council spends a lot of time and money on in other locations. The Board had been blindsided by the proposed sale and several members had attended the community action day.
The period for consultation has now closed. Kay Thomas, Whau Local Board Chair, will be making a presentation against the proposed sale at a Parks, Arts, Communities and Events (PACE) meeting in May.