A petition supporting the proposed Baylys Beach Community Centre and Surf Life Saving Club has been delivered to Kaipara District Council acting CEO Kurt Martin.
The petition was initiated by the Baylys Beach Society and resulted in 1,323 people adding their names to demonstrate their support for the development of the project.
“The petition was only circulating for a short time, so the overwhelming support shown by the general public reflects the need for this facility to be built,” said society chair, Cheryl Carmichael.
“The proposed development is bigger than just Baylys Beach residents and homeowners.
“People from all sorts of places use our beaches at all times of the year, not just peak holiday season, with numbers increasing noticeably. The community centre will provide not only a hub for Baylys residents but give another venue option for the wider public.”
The money for the facility was bequeathed by a local resident to the community. There is no cost for either council or ratepayers.
The society wanted to be proactive and felt a petition would offer people an opportunity to have a voice and be included in the public consultation process if they did not submit a formal submission to council.