Soon we will be consulting on the latest project to connect residents with their harbour; a coastal walkway/cycleway from The Strand along the foreshore to Memorial Park.

There is a unique opportunity right now to tap into a subsidy from government for cycleways which could contribute up to 70 per cent of the costs of the project. My view is that we need to strike while the iron is hot and get it done.

There may be some detractors at this early stage, but there were also sceptics about the Pilot Bay boardwalk, myself included, and look at it now – none of us would trade it for anything! It beautifully complements the area, and is well used.

We also voted to begin the process to close Wharf St and turn it into a proper outdoor dining precinct. At present it resembles a poor man’s version of ‘Eat Streat’ in Rotorua. It was great for Downtown Tauranga to show the initiative at the beginning, but now it’s time it was brought up to a standard that reflects a city of our size.

At the same meeting we voted to demolish the sheds on the western side of Dive Cres (the ones with the large concertina doors). Those buildings have some of the worst earthquake ratings in the city, and must be strengthened or demolished by 2021 by law. Demolishing them now gives us the opportunity to put more carparking in their place, which is a big plus.

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris