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Work to begin on Beach Reserve redevelopment
September 5th, 2014
An ambitious, multi-year project to redevelop the port quay and Beach Reserve environment kicks off next weekend with a working bee for plantings in the project's first stage.
This development is a joint project of Keep Motueka Beautiful and Tasman District Council, and will involve stages starting from the Beach Reserve end (beside the saltwater baths) and eventually beautifying the ugly car park area east of the fishing wharf. (See our earlier story here.)
On Saturday September 13th from 9.30am to 12.30pm work will begin on the area shown in the photo below, beside the camping area used by campervans. First step is to plant up the wetland in the corner where the land is sunken and often flooded, plus an area along the new path and boardwalk that leads southward from the corner.
The project managers Paul and Isobel Mosley now have a variety of wetland plants and shrubs to go in the ground, mostly in root trainers. They want as many volunteers as possible to help with this community project.
There is plenty of parking at the Saltwater Baths carpark nearby. Morning tea will be provided, and they ask that if you have a narrow spade, please bring it (suitably marked to make sure it doesn't get mixed up with others).
Funding so far for this project, including the boardwalk construction itself, has come from KMB's budget, largely from Council's Reserve Financial Contributions (RFCs) for this year.
Another part of the project will be a large sculpture being commissioned by Motueka Arts Council to be placed at the south-east corner of the quay, beside where the Moutere Inlet enters. This will later be moved if necessary to a final precise location when the rest of that are is being cleaned up and developed.
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