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KMB sets project plans for 2016

February 23rd, 2016
[by David Armstrong]

Keep Motueka Beautiful has firmed up on its project plans for 2016, including partnership work with Tasman District Council for further enhancement of the Sanctuary Ponds (pictured above).

While planning work also continues for the Beach Reserve redevelopment, several smaller projects will be completed in the next few months to ensure that allocated funds are spent before the end of Council's financial year.

KMB committee members spent the first half of last week's monthly meeting at the Sanctuary Ponds (opposite the Skatepark in Old Wharf Road) looking at various improvement options to spend some money that Council has from its development contributions fund for this financial year.

These improvements included completing a loop pathway between the two entrances, extending the new path around the north side of the Garden, and enhancement of the two entrances to encourage more users to enter the gardens.

Given the limited funds available at present, they decided to work on the entrances and particularly easier accessibility for elderly and people with disabilities.

The Committee also inspected the Inlet Gardens (Adopt-a-Plot) and the state of the paths, with decisions made as to which ones were top priority. Several of the smaller paths between a number of plots are being phased out, with planting done in order to close them off over the next year or two.

Path maintenance is proving an expensive cost for KMB, with Council being responsible for only the cycle trail and vehicle paths that run through and around the area.

Two further small projects which KMB have had on their list will also be completed shortly: one for two further information boards about the Inlet Gardens to be placed at the Old Wharf Road entrances, and another for an information board in York Park showing the names of the mountains which can be seen from there across the estuary.

Other projects being either investigated or prepared include:

  • A footpath from Adair Place eastward to the Kumaras walkway. The group is still waiting for a response from the presumed land owners (either Wakatu Inc or NRAIT) to the idea, which will split into two the large walking circuit including the walkway, Staples Street, Harbour Road and Thorp Street.
  • Spring hanging baskets in the shopping precinct will be continued this year, with the committee doing as much of the work as possible to reduce costs.
  • The committee is still investigating the possibility of developing a streetscape plan for High Street. Several difficulties have been identified. Trees in tubs are regarded by TDC as impracticable because of difficulties with watering, and an avenue of trees along the southern end of High Street have essentially been stymied by the Cycle Trail taking over much of the available space.
  • The project to pave the area around the Beach Reserve changing sheds is now almost complete.

Keep Motueka Beautiful has done outstanding work for the Motueka community in developing reserves and walkways over the past two decades, but relying purely on volunteers for projects and committee work, is always in need of new members.


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