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KMB sets project list for 2016/17

May 17th, 2016
[by David Armstrong]

Keep Motueka Beautiful has confirmed its budget for the 2016/17 year, with the development of Port Motueka and improvements to Sanctuary Ponds being allocated most of the funds available.

The group, which has been responsible for a number of very popular environmental improvements in Motueka including walkways and habitat restoration, has chosen to focus on a core of projects until more new blood is attracted into its project teams.

Most of its project funds for the coming year come from TDC's Reserves Financial Contributions, which is expected to be $10,000.

Of this, $5,500 will be spent on further upgrading of the car parking area and surrounding paths and plantings at the entrance to the Moutere Inlet, opposite Jackett Island (see our earlier story).

The gravel for the car parking area will be laid over the next few weeks, to be followed by beautification of the area around it and along the quayside.

Another $4,000 is allocated to forming a gravel path through Sanctuary Ponds, enabling the area to be more easily accessible year-round and particularly to people in wheelchairs.

The remaining work by KMB will be paid out of its own funds and will go towards maintenance of the "Adopt-a-Plot" garden areas and paths, replenishing and installing hanging baskets in High Street over the spring months, and an information sign on the Inlet walkway loop near York Park showing and naming the mountains toward Motueka's west.

KMB secretary Paul Mosley noted that funds for maintenance are becoming increasingly hard to source. Income from donations by campers and motor caravan users of Beach Reserve is likely to fall significantly when the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association campground opens at Old Wharf Road.

One initiative which is being pursued is the production of a 2017 calendar featuring photos of Motueka beauty spots, which could be sold from September onwards. With community support, this could provide in the region of $2000 - $4000 to help maintain KMB's ongoing projects.

The organisation is hoping that a few more people will join the committee at the Annual General Meeting coming up shortly, enabling the sharing of their work among a wider group. Anyone interested in joining should contact Paul Mosley on 528 9599.


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