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Port parking area gets long awaited facelift

June 15th, 2016

The new parking area, looking west. Ground level is about 150mm below top of the kerbing, so the ground will be brought up to the same level.

The next stage of the project to develop Beach Reserve and the Motueka harbour entrance was begun this week with work on a new parking area.

Contractors have laid kerbing and fresh metal, following plans developed by Keep Motueka Beautiful and TDC to improve the amenity of what has until now been an unkempt mess.

The project was conceived by KMB and supported by an allocation from council's Reserves Financial Contribution. This stage is developing the former East Quay and George Quay into a significant community asset and visitor attraction.

"The plan is to provide a place with the best sea views in Motueka, easily reached by folk who are not able to walk too far any more," said Secretary of KMB, Paul Mosley.

"When the landscaping is finished, with shell paths, shelter and shade trees, and a few more seats and picnic tables, we expect the viewpoint to attract many locals and visitors to come and enjoy the views across Tasman Bay to the Richmond Range."

Concrete & Metals have constructed the concrete kerbing required to establish a formal parking area at the Harbour entrance, and next week will be grading and remetalling the area.

KMB has applied to the Motueka Community Board for some money from its "special projects" fund to help complete the beautifying of the area with the paths and plantings. Talley's will help by providing crushed shells for the paths.

The landscaping work will continue over the next couple of months, as funds become available, and will require some community planting bees to complete.

People interested in helping out should contact Paul by emailing

Next year work will continue along the eastern shoreline to connect with the recently improved Beach Reserve area.


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