TDC pursuing dam land bill
Nelson MP Nick Smith says he has secured the support of all 56 National MPs for a local bill that aims to secure land access for the proposed Waimea dam.
The local bill, which was notified by Tasman District Council this week, seeks to gain an inundation easement over 9.6 hectares of conservation land in Mt Richmond Forest Park, near Nelson. The easement is needed for the creation of the reservoir for the proposed dam in the Lee Valley. The bill would also secure a right to construct the dam on Crown riverbed.
Local bills deal with matters confined to a particular locality, and must be promoted by a local authority. The move comes after the Department of Conservation said the council’s intention to secure access under the Public Works Act could not proceed as proposed.
Smith said he would be sponsoring the bill through Parliament as the local MP ‘‘and will be doing all I can to build widespread support for its passage’’.
(The Nelson Mail, Monday 9 July 2018)
More costs for troubled centre
The budget for the troubled Greenmeadows community centre project is expected to rise, city councillors have heard.
The Nelson City Council's community services committee was briefed on the Stoke project on Thursday and heard that among its problems was that almost a third of the exterior cedar cladding was the wrong type and had to be removed.
Councillor Mel Courtney said he had been asked how certain the current budget of $7,194,000 was, or if there might be some "surprises" in future. The original budget for the project was $6.14 million.
The council's infrastructure group manager Alec Louverdis said the figure, reported in March, was the best estimate at that time, but now there was "potential" for additional costs. He said any such costs would be presented to the committee.
"We will attempt to keep them [the costs] minimal, but there will be additional costs, yes."
The committee heard that the cedar cladding was not appropriately treated for its purpose. This was detected by the council's project manager while visiting the site. About 30 per cent of the incorrect cladding had been installed at that point.
The incorrect cladding was the result of an error in ordering, not the factory sending the incorrect product.
Council chief executive Pat Dougherty said this should have been picked up by the Watts and Hughes project manager "long ago".
Dougherty said the focus now was finishing the project to the best quality standards.
(The Nelson Mail, Friday 13 July 2018)
Nelson build wows judges
From the side, this large new house on the Port Hills in Nelson could be taken for an office. But view it from the other side and it’s a bold house that makes good use of commercial building materials.
The concrete and glass build, by Scott Construction Ltd, has seen the company take out four awards in the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Registered Master Builders 2018 House of the Year competition.
The awards include Supreme House of the Year. The company also won a Gold Award and category win for the Carters New Home $1 million to $2 million, and the Craftsmanship Award.
Announcing the award last night, the judges said the winning house delivered the owner’s vision.
The other major winner on the night was Dan Anderson Building. The company won the Supreme Renovation of the Year award for a Kaiteriteri bach that has been transformed into a ‘‘beautifully crafted’’ holiday home.
(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 14 July 2018)
Thought for the Week
Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.