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Submissions sought for 'special projects' funding

July 11th, 2015

The Motueka Community Board wants input from residents on how best to spend its almost $50,000 "special projects" fund on improvements in the Motueka Ward over the coming year.

The board already has a list of 26 items, many of which have been carried over from recent years, but wants to hear if the general public have any other projects they would like to see actioned.

This appears to be a modification of the policy reported by Motueka Online (see our story here) following the board's June meeting when a section of the criteria document providing for input from the general community was removed.

Now a process has been agreed whereby residents have until July 24th to submit their own wish lists for consideration alongside the projects that board members have proposed.

As a general rule, chosen project will be given up to $5000 each from the board's special projects fund, which is built from a special targeted rate of $10 per ratepayer per year.

Most of the projects will be what is commonly termed as "bricks and mortar" additions or enhancements, on infrastructure such as footpaths and reserves that are low on Tasman District Council's priority for spending but are of greater significance to the local community.

Much of the fund from last year was not spent, so there is money immediately available for a first group of projects.

Examples of the past projects that have been given special funding are the pedestrian refuge opposite The Warehouse on High Street, a contribution to the litter cart, and a number of mobility scooter ramps at street corners.

One project - to form a proper cycle/foot path between Manoy and Talbot streets - has already been allocated special project money from this present fund.

Submissions can be handed in at the TDC Service Centre on Hickmott Place, or emailed to the board at

After submissions close on July 24th, board members will check them for eligibility, add them to the existing list, then narrow them down according to the criteria being finalised at present, and put to the wider community in a public questionnaire or survey.

Depending on the expected costs of the top projects chosen, at least six projects will receive funding. Some lower-cost options may get the nod.


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