Waimea Dam Will Get More Expensive And Take Longer To Build

Waimea Water Ltd has announced on 21 February that the projected cost for the dam will rise from $104 million dollars to $129 million dollars, due to unforeseen issues with the suitability of rock available in the construction area.

Mayor Tim King responded that the dam remains essential for the region and that Council is committed to pay for cost increases even if these exceed $3 million "but that does not automatically mean it’s funded entirely through rates" and new funding sources may have to be sought.

Waimea Irrigators Ltd responded "The importance of this project to the region has not changed, and it is still the best solution for the region’s long-term water supply” and We will work with our project partners in any way we can to help develop a strategy to raise the additional funds."

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An Update From the Pathway

Last year in May Council elevated the proposed footpath connection from the Moutere Hills Community Centre to Upper Moutere Village running alongside the Moutere Highway to become one of the four next footpath projects to be delivered by Tasman District Council. At that moment, planning for the footpath went over into the hands of the TDC Transportation Department.

Since then the TDC engineers have been busy investigating possible construction options for this footpath. MHRA committee members met with two of TDC's engineers this week to get an update on current developments.

Read more: An Update From the Pathway

Tiny Houses: Parliamentary Petition

Last year, in response to a guide document released by Tasman District Council, the Moutere Hills Residents Association ran an online survey to establish local opinion on whether 'Tiny Houses' can be useful in addressing housing problems in New Zealand. You can see the survey results here.

In the survey, our community responded strongly in favour of investigating new legislation to facilitate construction and use of 'Tiny Houses'. We are therefore now forwarding a link to a current Parliamentary Petition on the subject which was initiated in December and which is in support of "Tiny/mobile dwellings as a permanent, healthy, affordable & dignified residence."

If you are interested and in favour of the issue, follow this link to the online petition.


Forestries in Tasman District: Replant for Revenue or Change for Recreation?

TDC is commencing a consultation on the future of Kingsland Forest in Richmond.

This Council-owned forestry is due for a harvesting cycle and TDC is collecting public feedback on whether the area should be re-planted for future revenue generation or gradually be changed over to other permanent planting and creation of tracks for recreational use. See the Council news item here.

Take our online survey to let us know your view on the future of Council-owned forests in Tasman District: replant for revenue or change over for conservation and recreational use? One question only - it takes only seconds of your time, so have your say!

TDC: Seeking Ideas for Moutere-Waimea Reserves

In a newly beginning consultation process, TDC is seeking feedback on the management of the 155 public parks and reserves in the Moutere-Waimea ward.

Reserves in the ward range from Aranui Park, Hoddy Estuary Park and Lord Rutherford Park to esplanade reserves alongside rivers and the Waimea Inlet, along with recreation reserves at Dovedale, Upper Moutere, Kina Beach. Lists and maps of all reserves in the ward can be viewed here. See Map 5 in the maps document for Upper Moutere area.

At this early stage TDC would like to know what you love about the reserves, whether they could be improved in any way and what your long-term vision is. How would you like them to be 10 to 20 years from now?

Take TDC's online survey to provide your feedback.