It is AGM time and time for a review of the past year. It has been almost 7 years under the single Auckland Council regime, and with a new mayor in place we are finally seeing serious talk around the major issues affecting the city, being transport and traffic congestion, infrastructure spending and housing affordability. Lack of forward planning over several decades has resulted in traffic congestion across Auckland now affecting all businesses, both in the movement of goods and people. GETBA has been a strong advocate for improvements to roading and public transport in our area.
After many years of vigorous lobbying by GETBA, commercial activity at the Greenmount Landfill came to an end at the end of last year. The 52-hectare site will become a fantastic public park for the enjoyment of all, with Auckland Council finally putting the many years of “tip fees” on the table for paying for the cost of the site-works over the next few years. This really is a unique opportunity where such a large green space is created, bordering the East Tamaki industrial precinct on one side, and the housing community on the other, and for the enjoyment of all.
You can see in the 2016/17 annual report (see Strategic Documents under About Us) a summary of GETBA activities over the past twelve months. It has been a very busy year for the GETBA team as we strive to best represent the interests and concerns of all our members. Four submissions were made on your behalf, including the Auckland Council draft budget.
Business Breakfasts have been well attended, with speakers including Mayor Phil Goff and Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges. Regular, easy to access communication with all our members is a key priority and we have done this via regular emails, the quarterly Focus Magazine and the GETBA website which is regularly updated.
Our Business Owner’s Forums have continued and are targeted at particular sectors with experienced speakers providing sound advice on specialist topics.
Business security has always been a top priority and initiatives including the ANPR cameras, security alerts and audits, crime prevention resources and a close working relationship with the local Ormiston-based Police and the security managers network have contributed to a 70% reduction in business burglaries over the past 11 years with burglary frequency continuing to fall.
We are very conscious of the fact that the primary role of GETBA is to best serve the business community we represent whether you are a property owner, business owner or working in the area and that you see value for your investment. The annual report enables you to see where your investment is channelled and what the results are, referenced under the four key strategies. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the business community and to ensure that East Tamaki really is “a great place to do business”.
I would like to thank the GETBA sponsors for their ongoing contribution which has enabled the range of initiatives and activates to continue without any increase in funding from our members. Their additional funding contribution demonstrates their commitment to the East Tamaki business precinct.
I would also like to thank the GETBA Committee members for their voluntary time and input in steering our competent GETBA team who have achieved a lot over the past year.