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Property News - 16 December 2019

Pond fix could cost $3 million.

Costs associated with fixing the weed-infested Modellers Pond at Tahunanui have crept up again like the algal blooms the project is battling, and are now estimated at more than $3 million.

The increase was included in the quarterly report to the Nelson City Council’s sport and recreation committee meeting yesterday.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 11 December 2019)

Maitai recreation hub moves a step closer.

Plans to create a recreational hub in the Maitai Valley are moving closer to reality, with the announcement of a $500,000 grant from the Government.

Nelson City Council had funding approved by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) earlier this week, which will go towards the construction of a hub facility for recreation users, including mountain bikers and walkers.

The $498,550 grant will provide trail head facilities for recreation users in the wider area, including the Coppermine Trail Great Ride.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 11 December 2019)

Insulation project reaches major housing milestone.

More than 4000 Nelsonians are sleeping in warmer, drier homes thanks to a local insulation scheme.

The Warmer healthier Homes Nelson-Tasman-Marlborough Insulation Project reached a major milestone, recently completing 1,750 free insulation projects.

Chairman Leeson Baldey says the positive effects of insulation are well-documented.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 11 December 2019)

'We feel like God called us to Nelson'

On the first day they began to pray and fast. The three families had $125 in a newly-created trust bank account. They read a passage from the Bible. It spoke of entering a land and taking what God has given them.

The three families consisted of a Kiwi couple, one half of which had recently left being the chief executive of Oamaru Hospital, and two American couples. They had all found a shared purpose in a Christian organisation called Youth with a Mission, known as YWAM.

Last week, they moved in. And now their plans begin. They want to turn the place into a school for their organisation, running courses for people from all over the world.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 11 December 2019)

‘Extreme’ fire risk in parks.

Three Nelson reserves already have an extreme fire risk, including one that was the scene of a destructive blaze last summer.

The Nelson City Council’s sport and recreation committee meeting received an independent report from LandVision Ltd on the fire risk at 45 parks and reserves under council control.

The risks were calculated based on three categories: the potential for fire, based on ease of access and presence of fuel; potential fire intensity, based on the current state of fuel and climate; and the potential danger a fire would pose, based on proximity to residential buildings and adjacent land use.

Of the 45 parks, 22 were low-risk and 11 were medium-risk.

The three at highest risk were Walters Bluff and the adjoining Sir Stanley Whitehead Park, and the Grampians Reserve. They had all or almost all the risk factors, with few or no mitigating factors.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 13 December 2019)

Underpass price doubles.

The cost for the underpass preserving Nelson’s Railway Reserve has more than doubled in less than a month.

At the November meeting of its infrastructure committee, the Nelson City Council was asked to stump up $84,000 for an underpass to preserve the walking and cycling path. That has now gone up to $244,000.

Council transport manager Marg Parfitt said the initial figure was a ‘‘very provisional estimate’’.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 13 December 2019)

Beach camp in buoyant mood.

Tahuna Beach Holiday Park has turned its fortunes around since the appointment of a business adviser in 2018, ending the financial year with a $558,000 surplus.

Tahuna Beach Camp Inc board chair Stan Holland gave an update on the campground’s performance to the Nelson City Council’s sports and recreation committee on Tuesday. He said it had recently had ‘‘some years of poor performance’’, but the new board organised last year had managed to break the pattern.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 13 December 2019)

Tasman rates, debt may be higher.

The overall rates increase across Tasman District is tipped to be 2.97 per cent for 2020-21 – up from a projected hike of 2.46 per cent outlined in the council’s Long Term Plan.

Net debt, too, is expected to be slightly higher than anticipated for 2020-21 at $199.7 million, just shy of the council’s self-imposed cap of $200 m. Debt was forecast in the Long Term Plan (LTP) to be $199.6 m in 2020-21.

A final Annual Plan 2020-21 and rates resolution is scheduled to be brought to a council meeting in late May for consideration and adoption.

Meanwhile, a statement of proposal for a schedule of fees and charges for 2020-21 is due to reported to the council in mid-February for adoption for community consultation, which must be held.

(The Nelson Mail Weekend, Saturday 14 December 2019)

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