Public Partnership and Community Response Wins Bid for Baigent Reserve

Friday 13 September 2013

An initiative by a group of Tasman Area community citizens, supported by the Tasman District Council, has resulted  in the Council successfully tendering for the Baigent Reserve on the Kina Peninsula.  Tenders closed on Friday 30 August.

“The small group of committed Tasman Area citizens sought financial and logistical support from the Council to put in a tender,” says Chief Executive Lindsay McKenzie.

“The opportunity to try and secure this land and to make it available again as an open space for public use was too good to ignore, especially given the enthusiasm of the people who approached us.”

Hamish Rush of the Tasman Area Community Association said he was delighted with the outcome.

“There is no ‘i’ in ‘team’ and this result proves that!  An amazing combined effort by the Tasman community and the Council has enabled a public benefit to be realised that would not have been possible for either party to achieve on their own,” he said.

The overwhelming response from the wider Tasman community raised $413,000 from 140 families. This money combined with the Council’s contribution of $332,500 resulted in a successful bid securing the reserve to enable access for all.

“Thanks must go to all the councillors and staff who supported this bid and they should hold their heads high, as their support of the Tasman community has resulted in access to this important piece of coastal land being secured for future generations. It has been a roller coaster ride for the local community, not knowing if we would ever regain access to what has been our playground for over 70 years, and we are thankful it has finally come to an end”, Mr Rush concluded.

Future management of the reserve will be controlled by the Council with input from the community. The Tasman Area Community Association (TACA) intends to be the representative body for the community that will liaise with Council on issues that arise.

The Council’s contribution is to be funded equally from the Waimea/Moutere, Lakes/Murchison and Motueka Reserves Financial Contributions Accounts.  This funding arrangement was considered appropriate as Kina Reserve users are likely to be primarily from the Motueka and Waimea/Moutere areas.  

Possession is due to occur on 16 September 2013.