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Community board adopts special projects list

October 19th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

The Motueka Community Board has approved more than $120,000 of local Special Projects it will fund during the current financial year.

All except two of the projects on the proposed list will go ahead, with funding available thanks to the carryover from unspent funds from the previous two years.

The list of candidate projects was listed for community consultation in August, when residents were asked to rank the projects in their preferred order. A total of 195 people registered their preferences, and the results of the survey were discussed at the Community Board meeting on Tuesday.

As reported in Motueka Online in August, the candidate projects were as follows:

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.

In addition, a welcoming entrance sign near the Motueka Aerodrome on College Street had already been approved and was included in the spend list.

All of the ranked projects were roughly equally popular, except for the Arts Council sculpture and the North Park barbecue. As a result, the board decided to reduce the sculpture donation from $10,000 to $5,000, and to defer the barbecue until the next year.

If all of these projects are completed in the financial year, the Special Projects fund will have about $5,000 left over. Prior to the meeting, the total money available was $126,719. This was made up of $75,669 carryover plus $51,010 for this financial year.

The reason for the large carryover was that many of the projects chosen in the previous two or three years had never been started. Reasons varied, including the board's indecision or inaction, TDC not having works resources available to tackle the projects, and inadequate costings of some projects.

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