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Parks and reserves review process to be explained
November 23rd, 2016
The management and use of Motueka's reserves is up for review, and the Community Board wants to make it as easy as possible for people to get their ideas and concerns into the mix.
Anna Gerraty, a policy advisor for Tasman District Council and the person tasked with finding and summarising what we all think, will address the Community Board at its December 13th 4.30pm meeting.
Many people are unfamiliar with the process of making a submission to the Council, and in particular what issues they could and should bring up and ask for change.
Anna has been widely praised for her review and report on the management of Rabbit Island she conducted this year, and her next task is to run the review on all the reserves, large and small, in the Motueka Ward.
The Motueka Ward has about 100 public reserves, ranging from small neighbourhood parks through to sportgrounds and large, multi-use spaces for playing, picnicking and other leisure activities.
The way Council manages these reserves was last reviewed in 2001, so it's time they took another look to make sure their management plans are still fit for purpose.
The review and report process is expected to take about a year, and the call for public submissions has already been made (see our earlier story).
In emails with board members Anna said her presentation will be quite brief and focused on location of reserves and overview of process.
"It would be great to spend most of the timeslot in discussion, so I can listen to your feedback and ideas (as we're in the 'seeking ideas for inclusion in a draft plan' stage at the moment)," she wrote.
She will also be meeting with the Keep Motueka Beautiful committee on December 5th. KMB is the community group most directly involved in improvements and changes of Council reserve spaces, amenities and facilities.
Anna has set up a project page on Council's website, which she said she be adding to over time: www.tasman.govt.nz/tasman/projects/community-projects/motueka-reserves-projects/
There is also another webpage under Public Consultation, where people can submit their ideas online: www.tasman.govt.nz/policy/public-consultation/seeking-ideas-for-motueka-ward-reserves/
Submissions on the review must be made before the end of February 2017.
Comment by Pegeen O'Rourke:
[Posted 23 November 2016]
With regard to the Museum street frontage Motueka: as some one who lives and works in Motueka every day, it would be great to see this area developed as a welcoming "lunch" / break time space with seating, shade sails and planting. By removing only one carpark in front of the museum, the space could be increased. Enhancing this space would also add to the welcoming, colourful, cheerful summer atmosphere of High Street. We could buy lunch goodies at any of the local shops and eat in the sunshine.
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