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KMB sees busy project year ahead

September 4th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Buoyed by extra income from its calendar sales, Keep Motueka Beautiful is preparing for another busy year working on environmental and beautification projects.

The volunteer group held its annual general meeting last week, at which chairman John Fisher (pictured) noted the achievements of their 2016-17 year as well as a strong cash position.

One highlight, he said, was being runner-up in the Heritage and Environment section of the Nelson Tasman Trustpower Community Awards - "great recognition of all the work that has been carried out by our volunteers over the years".

Another was the success of the first KMB Calendar. "The successful sale of 1000 copies of our first calendar has given KMB another source of income which, hopefully, can be replicated in this and future years," John said. (See our earlier story.)

The major project during the past year was the completion of work to upgrade George and East Quays, on the seaward side of Port Motueka.

"A big thank you to Paul Mosley, in particular, for his work over the last few years to bring this to fruition. It is a great improvement that KMB can be very proud of.

"The subsequent influx of Freedom Campers [taking up the space] did take the icing off the cake but, hopefully, the proposed new TDC by-law will resolve that problem."

Another project which is now ready for completion after some "frustrating delays" is extending and completing the path network at Sanctuary Gardens. "That should be able to proceed later this year when the ground dries out."

KMB's signature projects in past years - the Adopt-a-Plot, Estuary Wetlands and Wharf Road planting - are reaching a stage where no new major plantings are envisaged.

"While there will be ongoing maintenance requirements they are no longer the major focus of our work that they once were.

"The spring hanging baskets in High Street were a success and KMB now has a contract with Our Town Motueka to do the summer hanging baskets for the next three years.

"Not to be forgotten is the steady work that has been done in the background by David Ogilvie and his team in maintaining the various planter boxers around town."

With a healthy budget thanks to calendar sales (and expected income from sales of the 2018 calendar), KMB is looking at three prospective new projects.

Several improvements are being looked at for Thorps Bush, including more plantings and interpretive signage, although final decisions await the outcome of TDC's review of the management of all Motueka reserves.

Another project, also being championed by Lynne Hall (TDC reserves officer assisting KMB), is the cleaning up and planting out of the area south and west of the skate park (the "cat area", see our earlier story).

A third project will be to design and produce a map-based brochure for visitors showing all of Motueka's reserves and walking and cycling paths, including descriptions of historical and current features of the town.

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