AGM 2019

The Moutere Hills Residents Association AGM 2019 will be held on

Thursday 19 September 2019, 7 pm at the Moutere Hills Community Centre

This will also be our Meet-the-Candidates event, so it will be a great opportunity to get to know your council and mayoral candidates for the upcoming local elections.

All members and the public are welcome - drinks and nibbles provided.

TDC: Public Consultation on Water Supply Bylaw

In view of the drought event experienced this year, TDC is seeking public feedback on the handling of water restrictions during that time. Restrictions are based on the Water Supply Bylaw which is currently in draft form, and due to be adopted.

The draft Public Water Supply Bylaw affects the management of the Council’s reticulated water supplies across the entire District. It does not cover private wells/bores, or resource consents to take water for horticulture or other productive uses, which are managed through rules in the Tasman Resource Management Plan.

“The restrictions we imposed on urban households and businesses in the Waimea area were much stricter than people will have experienced in the past. They worked – people connected to the Council water supply in that area cut their usage by 28% during the height of the drought. That is a massive effort and was crucial to sustaining our water supplies through that period.

“We want to know if the community agrees with the approach that was taken. It was based on the proposals within this bylaw and, if we adopt it, we will take a very similar approach in future when there is a threat to our water supplies.”

Full Council News Item here

Council Feedback Open From 5 June

 

Report from Dovedale Scheme Water Meeting

On Thursday May 23rd, Tasman District Council and Dovedale Water Supply Committee held a public meeting to discuss the financial position and operations of the Dovedale Scheme supply and answer questions received beforehand and from the floor. A summary of the financial information was circulated to users by email ahead of the meeting.

Key outcomes from the meeting were:

  • The committee will begin holding a yearly AGM for the supply in August (date to be confirmed) covering the past year's financial information, forecasts for the coming year, and planned projects and operational issues.
  • The supply committee and interested parties will able to receive quarterly financial reports prepared by Tasman District Council
  • Future upgrade options were discussed although it was noted that due to uncertainty around new regulations yet to be confirmed by the Government and investigations required it is likely to be a year or more before any decisions can be made.
  • Tasman District Council and the committee will ensure supply users and affected parties will have input in the decision making process as this progresses.
  • The contracting arrangements for supply maintenance and improvements were discussed.

 Thanks to all who attended and contributed to the meeting.

Council Approves Development of New Footpaths

At a full council meeting on May 23rd, Tasman District's Councillors and staff convened to discuss the list of proposed new footpath projects to be undertaken in the district over the next few years.

Following intensive review and debate and taking into consideration budget limitations, safety priorities, and ranking of projects, Council unanimously approved the proposal brought forward by the engineering department, which is to engage in the design and construction of the four highest ranking footpath projects over the 2019/20 and 2020/21 periods.

The four highest ranking projects are

  1. Moutere Highway - Village to Recreation Centre
  2. Mapua Drive - Higgs Reserve to Residential Area
  3. Lower Queen St - Polytech to Headingly Lane
  4. Motueka River West Bank Road - Old Mill Road to Mickell Road

These four footpaths are to be developed side-by-side as a package, taking into consideration the differing nature and challenges faced in each project.

MHRA welcomes the Council's decision and is looking forward to co-operate with the TDC Transportation Department for design and construction of our local footpath, and of course to working with all landowners who might be affected by the construction.

MHRA Promotes Footpath Along Moutere Highway - Council Decision Imminent

Following completion of the first short section of footpath, our most important long-term goal as residents association continues to be the creation of a walk and cycle path to connect the Moutere Hills Community Centre to Upper Moutere village.

The MHRA committee recently performed a renewed and detailed review of all the available possible routes for this pathway - taking into consideration such things as total travel distance, construction cost, community preference, deviations, land access, possible hazards, difficulties arising from falling trees, damage from expected flooding along the rivers, maintenance cost, and more.

Read more: MHRA Promotes Footpath Along Moutere Highway - Council Decision Imminent