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Special Motueka projects list ready for voting

August 18th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

The Motueka Community Board has decided on this year's list of "special projects" to be put to residents for feedback and voting.

The special projects are funded by a targeted rate for all Motueka Ward ratepayers of $10 per year, creating an annual fund of a little over $50,000.

The money is for projects generally costing up to $10,000 which are either too low in priority on Council's work programme to be completed in the short term, or which can assist other community groups to improve aspects of the town for the whole community to enjoy.

Each year around now, a potential list is compiled from community board members and suggestions from the general public. The candidates are then roughly scoped and costed ready to put to the public for their preferences.

The list to be voted on will be placed in the local Guardian paper and probably also accessible through an online survey. The chosen candidate items are:

Courtney Street footpath ($12,155.50): along the south side of the street linking the Friendship Hospital to High Street.

Thorps Bush picnic area enhancement ($10,000): match the existing $10,000 provided by the Motueka Youth Council two years ago for an enhancement plan for the area beside Woodlands Avenue.

Playground upgrades ($10,000): general upgrades to existing playgrounds, following suggestions from the community.

Motueka Arts Council sculpture ($10,000): a donation to the fundraising efforts by the Arts Council for the sculpture to be installed at George Quay.

A community accessible defibrillator ($3,000): a second defibrillator in High Street accessible 24 hours a day.

Outdoor exercise equipment ($10,000): contribution towards installation of outdoor fitness equipment, the location to be either Decks Reserve or the Inlet Walkway.

Enhancement of George Quay ($10,000): contribution toward further improvement being done by TDC and Keep Motueka Beautiful to the picnic and parking area at the Inlet entranceway, Port Motueka.

North Park BBQ ($7,000): funding towards the installation of an outdoor barbecue at North Park.

Enhancements for Marahau ($10,000): reallocation of previous funds to the Marahau Residents Association for enhancement of the township.

The total funds available for this year's round of special projects is greater than the normal $50,000 because last year's allocation was nowhere near fully used. This was due to several factors, including a change of community board at last year's elections, insufficient TDC staff resources and some issues with inaccurate earlier costings.

Some of the items on last year's list are just being addressed now, including the new footpath on the northern side of Wallace Street linking Wilkinson Street and i-Site. A welcoming sign to Motueka beside the aerodrome is also awaiting a start.

Comment by Beth Bryant:
[Posted 20 August 2017]

Although Thorp's bush picnic area is due for an upgrade, it should surely be put on hold until the final parks policy is completed by TDC. Seems like a conflict of interest.

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