Newsline 308 - 27 September 2013

Friday 27 September 2013

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Public Partnership and Community Response Wins Bid for Kina

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 2013.

“The small group of committed Tasman area citizens sought financial and logistical support from the Council to put in a tender,” said Tasman District Council Chief Executive Lindsay McKenzie. “The opportunity to 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 its own,” he said.

An 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 and enabling 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’s 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 wants to be the representative body for the community  that will liaise with the Council on issues that arise.

The Council’s contribution is to be funded equally from the Waimea/Moutere 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.

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Public Feedback on Urban Density in Richmond

During the first half of 2013 the Council carried out an engagement process to obtain the community’s views on higher density housing in Richmond.

Feedback was sought about the type of higher density housing that could work well in Richmond and in what areas it would be suitable.  The Council was also looking for feedback on the reasons it was looking into higher density forms of housing and if, and how, the Council should encourage higher density development.

There were 55 responses via the Urban Density in Richmond Questionnaire and four registrations of interest for further information on the Council’s website.

Response Summary

Feedback was very positive overall and it was generally accepted that the Council could do more to encourage higher density forms of residential development. 

Common themes in support:

  • There is a need for more compact housing for elderly people wishing to downsize;
  • There needs to be recognition of the issue and problems associated with urban sprawl;
  • There needs to be a diversity of higher density forms, spread around different locations;
  • Proximity to amenities, services and public transport is important, such as around the town centre;
  • High quality design and construction is very important with good outdoor private/shared space;
  • Accessibility of housing is important for the less able-bodied, as well as easy access to amenities and services;
  • We should look to European countries and learn from their experience.

Areas of concerns:

  • Large areas of higher density housing and uniformity create poorer ‘neighbourhoods’ with associated social issues;
  • High rise is not favoured;
  • Effects of shading and lack of sunshine with higher buildings affecting neighbouring properties;
  • Higher density housing is a form of development driven by developers for profit;

Ability of current infrastructure to cope with higher density housing.

  • Six (10%) of the submissions were negative about the concept of higher density housing in its entirety, stating that it was not the Council’s business, that Richmond was large enough or that the idea was driven by greed from developers or rates revenue.

Council Decisions

Since the feedback was considered the Council has decided further work about the possibilities associated with higher density housing in Richmond should be undertaken in advance of any changes to the Council’s planning documents. This will happen over the rest of 2013  and early 2014 and includes:

  • Examining further the effects of higher density on existing and proposed infrastructure;
  • Investigating non-Resource Management Plan change options for encouraging higher density development;
  • Further work on the parameters that define an ‘appropriate location’ for higher density development;
  • Ongoing community engagement, including consultation with developers;
  • Examining policies for other similar sized towns to Richmond, particularly design guidance for higher density developments.

More Information

Copies of the full report to the Council on the Richmond Urban Density Community Feedback are available on the Council’s website:  www.tasman.govt.nz/link/urban-density

For more information contact policy planners:

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The Motueka Roundabout Revamp

Residents may have noticed that the roundabout at the Southern entrance to Motueka has recently been given a facelift. Originally planted by community group Altrusa several years ago the formerly lovely roundabout was well overdue for updating.

While the Council’s parks and reserves contractors maintain the site,  as it is on a state highway, the area is owned and controlled by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and managed on its behalf by OPUS. 

Initial planning for the facelift was all done voluntarily, with the Motueka Community Board and Keep Motueka Beautiful actively involved. Local nurseryman Pete Taia (Westbank Natives) came up with a concept landscaping plan and Karina Amy (Vista Design) drew up the graphics to present to the Council. 

The plan was changed slightly to allow for NZTA’s requirements and the side gardens adjacent to the roundabout were added to the project. Once the concept was approved, Pete was tasked with growing the specific varieties of plants at his nursery.

Richard Smethurst and landscaping contractors Nelmac put all the planning into action in early September, and the area was planted within a week . NZTA provided the traffic management at no cost, which in such a busy spot was a fair proportion of the overall investment. However, it was down to the volunteers at Keep Motueka Beautiful, the skill of Pete and Karina and the support of the Community Board that got the project across the line.

Together with the Motueka sign, the new landscaping creates a visually pleasing entrance to the town as a welcome to visitors and locals alike.

Funding for the project was provided by the Council and Keep Motueka Beautiful.

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Godwits Return Celebrated

Every year, around the second week of September, the first of the godwits arrive from their breeding grounds in Alaska. To celebrate this event, the Motueka Arts Council and Ornithological Society, have planned a series of art and information activities.

Viewing of the godwits feeding in the Motueka Estuary

  • Date: Sunday 29 September 2013, 10.00 am – 12 noon.
  • Place: Old Wharf, Motueka Quay (near the Janie Seddon wreck)

The Ornithological Society members will have telescopes for you to watch the godwits feeding in the estuary. There will be a tent with information about the godwits life cycle, and photos of other birds seen in our estuaries.

Art Exhibition “Godwits, estuary and shore birds of Motueka.”

  • Date: 2 – 29 October 2013
  • Place: Upstairs at The Sprig and Fern, Riwaka Hair Salon and Steph Wills Dental rooms.
  • Invited artists will be exhibiting and selling their works.

Photographic slide show, “Birds of the local Estuaries,”  by Rebecca Bowater, FPSNZ.

  • Date: 16 October 2013, 7.30 pm.
  • Place: SeniorNet rooms, 42 Pah Street, Motueka

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2013/2014 Summer Irrigation Water Metering Begins Soon

This message is for holders of water resource consents (water permits) in the Tasman District that are subject to water metering.

Weekly meter readings re-commence for the summer season from Monday 28 October 2013.

For those consent holders who know they are not using any water for the entire 2013-2014 water year, you will need to advise the Council of this prior to the 28 October 2013 to avoid any unnecessary follow ups.

The Council will send out a “pre-summer-season” letter to all consent holders towards the middle of October 2013:

  • The pre-season letter will be sent by email for those consent holders who send returns by e-mail or through the Council’s webpage. If your email address has changed from last season please advise the Council as soon as possible.
  • The pre-season letter will be sent by post to consent holders  who use prepaid return cards.

If you wish to change your return method or you have any queries surrounding water metering requirements, please contact the Council as soon as possible.

The Council staff members responsible for the water metering project are:

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Champion Road Stormwater – Project Update

During the storm event of December 2011 a large amount of gravel and debris became active within the water catchment above Champion Road. This debris flowed down with the water and blocked the stormwater culverts. The result was water flowing down Champion Road and causing damage to a number of private properties.

During the April 2013 record rain event, a repeat of the 2011 flooding caused further significant damage to private properties.

Both Tasman District and Nelson City Councils agreed that a “joint solution” was the only way to resolve the problem. Tasman District Council approved funding in the 2013-2014 Annual Plan of $500,000  for the upgrade of the stormwater culverts in upper Champion Road.

Work to Date

The existing 525mm diameter stormwater pipe has been extended and a steel debris screen is currently being made to attach to the headwall of the extended pipe. A large open grate has also been constructed  to take overflow water from this culvert. This pipe replaces the smaller entrance culvert pipe that existed prior to the flooding.

The open roadside drain from 126 to 118 Champion Road has been cleaned, widened and deepened.

The small driveway entrance pipes for properties 126 and 118 Champion Road have been replaced with a single 450 mm diameter pipe.

A swale has been formed in front of 126 Champion Road.

Discussions are progressing for the installation of an additional shallow swale.

Ongoing Maintenance

Prior to any forecasted storm events Council staff will ensure the culverts are cleared out to ensure that any gravel has been removed from the downstream channel directly below the Champion Road culverts. It is estimated that between 800-1000 m3 of gravel has been removed since the April 2013 event.

In the event that the Council needs to redirect water, a supply of sandbags is stored at the culverts. There is also access to a digger  at short notice.

Future Works

Council staff have been working with the Nelson City Council to provide an effective design for the replacement of the culvert and the improvements needed for the downstream water course. It has been agreed by all parties that the design must have the capacity to carry 22,000 litres/second. Council staff intend to replace the existing twin 900mm diameter culverts with a six-metre wide box culvert. Final design of the culvert, inlet and outlet structures and rock armouring is progressing.

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Engineering Introductions: Shane Jellyman

Shane Jellyman is a Water Quality Officer at Tasman District Council, working as part of the Engineering team in Richmond, overseeing structural work that is related to the flow of stormwater in our District.

Originally from Kaikoura Shane graduated from the University of Canterbury where he studied geography and hydrology – with a particular focus on the impact people have on their environment. Arriving in Nelson six years ago Shane worked for MWH, where he was part of the team that worked on Council projects. He started working in-house at the Council three months ago.

Shane is a great communicator, which is a key to success in his role.  He oversees structural engineering work related to stormwater that  is being carried out by Council’s contractor, Downer, making sure that  it achieves the desired outcome and comes in on time and on budget.

One project Shane has been working on recently is the flooding problem that was experienced on the corner of Washbourn Gardens and Oxford Street in Richmond during the last two big rain events that hit our region. This intersection flooded badly in the extremely heavy rain affecting homes, businesses and traffic flow.

Shane has worked hard to find a solution that will address the problem in a cost effective way with minimum impact on those who live close by. Oxford Street resident Kelli Campbell, one of the affected property owners says Shane has been excellent to work with. “He has kept us well informed throughout the project, and even when there were delays, Shane let us know what was happening. It has been really good dealing with him, he has been very professional and has kept to his commitment to find a solution to the flooding that has affected our property”.

When he’s not fixing issues with stormwater infrastructure Shane likes to go hunting, play his guitar or make home brew.

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Calling Young Leaders!

Tasman District and Nelson City Councils have included a new award in the Schools category of the Tasman Nelson Environment Awards.

Do you know anyone who is currently at College and doing a great  job leading change in the environment? Great leadership takes many forms – it could be someone who’s formed an action group; been a spokesperson or has done something which has really made a difference to our environment.

An award of $200 will go to the winning student. Go to the Tasman District Council website  www.tasman.govt.nz/link/youth-environmental-leadership to download a nomination form – we can’t wait to hear your stories. 

If you’d like more information or advice on what to enter, contact  the Environmental Education Office on Ph. 03 543 8484 or  Email: rob.francis@tasman.govt.nz

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Child Restraint Law Changes

From 1 November 2013 child restraint laws are changing to improve safety. As a driver you must make sure any child travelling in your vehicle is correctly secured.

What’s Changing?

The Law says you must:

CURRENTLY

From 1 November 2013

Correctly secure your child in an approved child restraint.

Until their 5th birthday

Until their 7th birthday

The Law says you must:

CURRENTLY

From 1 November 2013

Correctly secure your child in an approved child restraint if one is available in the vehicle (and if not, in any child restraint or safety belt that is available).

From their 5th birthday until their 8th birthday

From their 7th birthday until their 8th birthday

These changes will help reduce preventable deaths and serious injuries to children travelling in vehicles.

Your child restraint must be fitted correctly. For expert advice contact a certified child restraint technician via www.nzta.govt.nz/childrestraints.

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The Big Beach Clean Up is on Again

Following on from successful events in previous years, this year’s spring clean of our beautiful beaches is scheduled for Saturday 9 November 2013.

Coordinated by DOC with support from Tasman District and Nelson City Councils as well as Nelmac, this event encourages people to get hands on tidying up their favourite stretch of coastline. Online registrations  opened on 9 September 2013, and information can be found on  www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/events-and-awards/regional-events/nelson-tasman/

For more information contact:

Janice Gravett, DOC, on Ph. 03 528 1810.

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