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Property News: 11 December 2017

Nelson Forests set to change ownership

An Australian company is set to take Nelson’s largest forestry business, Nelson Forests.

OneFortyOne Plantations (OFO) has signed an agreement to acquire the company’s 60,000 hectares of pine forests across Nelson and Marlborough, and Kaituna Sawmill near Blenheim, from US-based Global Forest Partners LP.

The Nelson Forests’ lead team would continue to manage the plantation, OFO Chief Executive Officer, Linda Sewell said.

Completion of the acquisition was expected to take place next year, subject to approval from New Zealand’s Overseas Investment Office.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 4 December 2017)

Spring stokes heat in Nelson housing market

House values in Nelson-Tasman have picked up amid an increase in market activity and strong demand for newly built homes, according to Quotable Value.

The average value of a residential property stood at $553,052 and $553,187 in Nelson and the Tasman district, the latest monthly QV House Price Index showed.

That was a rise of 2.8 per cent over the last three months in both regions, and a 13 per cent annual increase in Nelson compared to a 13.6 per cent increase in Tasman.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 8 December 2017)

Council’s dam grant under fire

The proposed Waimea dam has little benefit for Nelson so the city should not commit $5 million towards it, opponents told a hearing.

The Nelson City Council (NCC) yesterday heard the first round of public submissions on a proposed grant from the NCC toward the building of the proposed Waimea Community Dam.

The hearing drew 18 speakers, of which 11 spoke against the proposed $5 million grant. Five spoke for the proposal and two wanted more transparency in the planning process.

Councillors asked for further information on the environmental and economic impacts for Nelson city ahead of future meetings.

Deliberation on the final decision begins in February next year.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 8 December 2017)

Big port clean-up under way

The clean-up of Port Nelson’s slipway, one of the most contaminated sites in the country, is moving ahead one bucket at a time.

The $8.9 million remediation project of the Calwell Slipway officially got under way this week.

The marine sediments around the slipway were contaminated by pollutants such as tributyltin and copper from ship repair work dating back to 1970.

The remediation project uses excavators and dredging equipment to dig up the contaminated sediment. It is processed to form "mudcrete", ensuring any pollutants are contained, before being returned to form a new reclamation at the port.

The project is being managed by Port Nelson, with Auckland based civil engineers Heron Construction tasked with digging up the area.

A website has been set up to keep the public informed on remediation work, including timelapse footage of the progress.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 December 2017)

Velodrome opening pushed back to February

Cyclists eager to ride Nelson's new Saxton Velodrome will have to wait a few more weeks for their first lap.

Originally scheduled for a December 1 handover, the opening of the $2 million outdoor facility has been put back to February to allow for last-minute assurances of the track's integrity.

Tasman District Council's reserves officer Glenn Thorn said defects within the track's surface had prompted the delay.

The velodrome is a joint project between Tasman District Council, Nelson City Council and the Saxton Velodrome Trust.

The design includes a 333m-long embanked track with a sealed surface width of 7m and banking ranging from seven degrees to 21.3 degrees.

Lighting was one aspect that Thorn said would be deferred to meet the $2m budget.

The constuction of a hardstand area allowed for further infrastructure like a grandstand to be built, once the needs of local clubs and velodrome users were established.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 December 2017)

Dam hearings attract 200 speakers

Hearings on the proposed $82.5 million Waimea dam are scheduled to get under way on Monday with 200 submitters lined up to speak over four days.

The hearings follow the council’s receipt of 1384 written submissions. As at November 30, there were an additional 124 late submissions.

Tasman mayor Richard Kempthorne said the hearing panel would consider whether to accept the late submissions when it met.

If they are accepted, it will push the submission total above 1500.

The hearing panel, made up of the full council with Kempthorne as chairman, is due to hear oral submissions at Richmond on Monday and Wednesday, at Takaka on Tuesday and at Motueka on Friday.

The panel is due to deliberate on February 1 and 2 with a decision likely at the end of the month.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 December 2017)

Airport car park layout just the ticket

Nelson Airport’s new parking system is now in place.

Wednesday marked the opening of the new gateway road to Nelson Airport and the first of its new parking areas.

As well as providing 270 new spaces, entry and exit barrier arms to the airport are now located near the Air New Zealand hangar on Trent Drive.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 9 December 2017)

Thought for the Week

If at first you don't succeed...so much for skydiving.

(Henry Youngman)