Newsline 315 - 17 January 2014

Friday 17 January 2014

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Mooring Review Consultation

The Council is reviewing the Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) rules for moorings and is seeking to better integrate the management of maritime activities and improve efficient allocation of marine space. The review also seeks to address aspects of non-compliance, improve the equity of planning rules for mooring owners and reduce complexity in the approval process.

Significant changes to the rules are being considered with the introduction of new ‘Mooring Areas’ at a number of locations along the coast where moorings are already located. A discussion paper has been prepared that looks at options for these proposed changes and includes maps of the possible new mooring areas at Motueka (off Trewavas Street), Tapu Bay, Kaiteriteri, Otuwhero Inlet, Glasgow Bay, Boundary Bay, Ligar Bay (estuary entrance), Milnthorpe (adjacent to the wharf), and Westhaven (near Mangarakau Wharf and Pah Point). Changes to the existing mooring areas at Mapua, Motueka (adjacent to Wharf Road), and Stephens Bay are also being considered. The review also considers options for changing the list of ‘permitted coastal structures’.

The Council is consulting on the proposed changes from now until 28 March 2014.

Information on the changes being considered for the TRMP can be accessed from the link below, or you can request hard copies from info@tasman.govt.nz.

Review of Moorings Management

If you wish to make a submission on the changes you can do this online or by filling in a hard-copy form and sending it to Tasman District Council at Private Bag 4, Richmond, 7050.

Public information sessions will be held during February and March 2014. The dates and locations of these sessions will be advertised in Newsline, on the Council’s website and in the local papers. Alternatively, register your interest with us and we will keep you informed of meetings and any further consultation processes.

Key contact people for this review process are:

For Tasman Resource Management Plan:  Maxine Day (Email maxine.day@tasman.govt.nz),  Environmental Policy Planner.

For the Navigation Bylaws:  Adrian Humphries (Email adrian.humphries@tasman.govt.nz), Regulatory Manager.

Timeframes for Review

Date

Bylaw Review

TRMP Review

January – March 2014

Consultation on possible changes to both documents

April 2014

 

Review feedback and recommend changes

May / June 2014

Hearing of Submissions

Deliberation and Decisions

Draft Plan Change released for consultation (informal)

July  2014

Submit decision to Director of Maritime NZ for approval

 

August 2014

Bylaw Adopted

Review feedback and recommend changes

September 2014

Apply to Department of Internal Affairs for Infringement Regulations.

Decision with reasons sent
to submitters

Formal Proposed Plan Change released for consultation

October  / November 2014

 

Review submissions and reccomend changes

December 2014

New Bylaws come into effect

Hearing on Plan Change

January – February 2015

 

Decision on new plan rules

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Message from the Mayor

Welcome to 2014.

The holiday period bought relief from the water constraints we had expected pre-Christmas. In the week before Christmas the Council had to issue a Conserve Water Notice in light of falling river and groundwater levels. No sooner had it gone out, delivered no doubt by Mr Murphy, than the District began receiving steady and consistent rainfall. This has provided the District with at least a few weeks before there is any need for water restrictions.

The greater than expected rainfall did nothing to stem the welcome flow of visitors to the region with the majority of tourism providers having a positive holiday period. The season is far from over with the predictable sunshine expected over the next few months.

The 2013 year finished positively across most sectors in the region, with the primary sector in particular having a relatively buoyant year. The District’s economy and growth is once again enjoying a positive boost after a number of trying years.

This optimism does the not give the Council the luxury of being casual about the challenges it is facing this year. At the end of this month the plan change for the management of water in the Waimea Basin will be released. At its heart will be the identification of the river level that must be maintained to ensure the river’s essential and sustainable future. It is this river level that will provide the catalyst for discussions with all users and that will be the key to future decisions, particularly about cost and affordability of the Waimea Community Dam over the long term. It is one of the key discussions we will be focused on over the first half of the year with farmers, horticulturalists and all other water users, including urban households.

In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the New Year with the hope that the positive end of 2013 continues and grows for all in 2014.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne

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Managing Argentine Ants in Tasman and Nelson

There are many types of ants in Tasman and Nelson but there are two species of invasive ants (Argentine and Darwin’s ants). Occupiers of properties containing these ants are required to control them. This is a requirement of the Tasman-Nelson Regional Pest Management Strategy.

Each year, the Biosecurity team at Tasman District Council arranges to have property frontages surveyed in areas where these ants are known to be present. Letters are subsequently sent to the occupiers of these properties with information on treatment options and recommendations for the timing of treatment. Occupiers who chose to use Xstinguish will achieve better results if baiting is coordinated with their neighbours – Darwin’s ant sites should be baited in mid-December and Argentine ant sites in early February.

For pest management purposes, Councils are considered to be the owner of the legal road corridor that includes footpaths.  To ensure it meets its responsibilities as an occupier, Tasman  District Council arranges to have the edges of the footpath sprayed. This spray contains a synthetic pyrethroid, Bifenthrin, similar to the active ingredient used in fly spray. This work is undertaken at the same time as property occupiers are recommended to undertake treatment.

An analysis of recent results showed that there had been a significant reduction in the rate of annual spread following the adoption of this treatment.

For further information, contact Tasman District Council’s Biosecurity co-ordinator Lindsay Vaughan on Ph. 03 543 8432.

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Motueka Recreation Centre Receives 100% Rating

The Motueka Recreation Centre has passed with a 100% rating against the building code within the ongoing investigation of seismic capability of the Council’s buildings.

“It is a positive result for the Centre and the 100% rating provides certainty for both staff and users of the complex. We were fairly confident that the Centre would meet code following the significant upgrade in 2010”, said Centre Manager Jody Maru.

Our earthquake awareness has certainly been heightened over recent years and although we have a renewed confidence about the Centre’s sturdiness in an earthquake, we will certainly continue to undertake the regular earthquake drills throughout our OSCAR programmes and ensure our staff are well trained in dealing with potential natural disasters.”

The investigation of the public buildings with a potential seismic risk profile within the District is near completion. The buildings requiring further work will be assessed with regard to cost implications and future suitability to inform this year’s annual plan.

The Motueka Recreation Centre is owned by Tasman District Council and managed by Sport Tasman.

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Port Tarakohe Development Plan

Consultation is open until the end of January 2014.

The first stage of the work to ensure that Port Tarakohe plays an important role in supporting the economic and recreational opportunities in Golden Bay in the future has been put in place.

A revised fees and charges schedule took effect on 1 January 2014,  to help secure the Port financially. Part two of the plan is open for feedback until 31 January 2014.

Part two is about the development of the Port, what is going to happen on the site, what facilities should there be and what infrastructure should be maintained and developed? The proposed development plan identifies the possibilities that are in the offing and what limitations the site, location and market impose on any plans.

Future governance of the asset is also being considered. Sale or disposal is not. The options are discussed in the proposed Development Plan. The development of the Port is essential for its future and ideally the local community and users will play an active part in its development. Feedback on the Development Plan and the future of the Port generally is very welcome.

The proposed Port Tarakohe Development Plan and submission forms are available on the Council’s website, Port Tarakohe Development Plan. Feedback will be accepted until 31 January 2014.

The revised fees and charges schedule came into force on 1 January 2014 to help secure the Port financially.

View the revised fees and charges for Port Tarakohe

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River Closure for Logging Operations

Between 6.00 am and 4.00 pm on weekdays between Friday 17 January and Friday 7 February 2014, the 300m stretch of the Roding River as shown in the image is reserved (closed) in the interests of safety during overhead logging operations.

The effect of the temporary reservation will be to prevent all other water activities, including swimming, wading, kayaking or boating of any kind from occurring within that area during the times specified. Either bypass this section of river, or contact Hancock Forestry Management at least 48 hours in advance on Ph. 03 541 7000 to arrange access if required.

Download the conditions imposed and image of the area affected:
Roding River Reservation Jan-Feb 2014

Events and activities affecting public use of waters of the district may be viewed at www.tasman.govt.nz /recreation/boating-fishing/special-events-and-activities

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