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Property News: 27 May 2019

NCMA, sanctuary want more

The Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) and the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary have asked for an additional $70,000 and $50,000 a year respectively.

NCMA trust chair Roger Taylor and NCMA director James Donaldson said $70,000 was needed to cover increased insurance, bills and staff costs.

The centre already has an outstanding interest-free loan of $680,000 from the council after it faced a $900,000 shortfall on major redevelopment and earthquake strengthening of its buildings. It is struggling to repay that loan.

Donaldson made the request during the council’s annual plan hearing last week. He said that until recently, the NCMA had only outdated information to base its budgets on.

Meanwhile, the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary Trust is seeking an additional $50,000 a year in council funding, which has been requested to help it keep up with maintenance costs.

The new chief executive of the trust, Ru Collins, said the sanctuary was ‘‘entering a more positive phase’’.

Sanctuary trustee Maurice Woodhouse said the trust had planned ‘‘a number of initiatives’’, but could not start work on them until the council resolved the Brook Reserve designation process, which is ongoing.

He said the minimum expenditure by the trust to maintain biosecurity, maintain the sanctuary’s pest-proof fence, and for ‘‘limited visitor experience’’, was in the range of $500,000 to $600,000 annually.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 20 May 2019)

Museum buys up CBD land

The trust which governs the Nelson Provincial Museum has purchased CBD land as part of plans for a new multi-million dollar facility to house the region’s collections.

The purchase comes as the museum’s Isel Park Research Facility, which currently houses the Nelson Tasman regional collection, is at the end of its useful life and not suitable to safely store the region’s collection or staff.

Interim chair of the Tasman Bay Heritage Trust, Emma Thompson, says the newly purchased land, which is currently used for car parking and located on Church St, is an exciting step forward.

Interim chief executive Olivia Hall says the project has been underway for a number of years, including undertaking feasibility studies, assessing future storage requirements, and working with the councils to establish the best location.

The total build cost of the new facility is projected to be between $11 to $12 million and will require funding from a variety of sources.

Nelson City Council has earmarked $3 million in its 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (LTP), and Tasman District Council has noted their intention to review a contribution to the building in the next review of their LTP.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 22 May 2019)

$500,000 fire fund 'fizzles' out

A Government programme announced in February to use jobless people to help clean up after the Nelson and Tasman fires has been labelled a “farce and a fizzer” by Nelson MP Nick Smith.

The $500,000 grant and programme was designed to provide 10,000 hours of support for fire clean-up work in the wake of the Tasman fires.

The programme was approved by cabinet on February 18 and announced by Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni.

Nick says “It turns out that not one dollar was spent and not one hour of work was done.”

The scheme was quietly shut down on 7 May.

(The Nelson Weekly, Wednesday 22 May 2019)

NCC behind on capital works

Nelson City Council’s capital expenditure, the same thing which blindsided councillors nine months ago, is $10 million behind its projected level.

Councillors expressed concern at the underspend on capital works, contained in the latest quarterly report to the audit, risk and finance committee.

Staff had expected the council to spend $31.3m of the total year’s $44.3m budget on capital projects by the end of March. It actually spent $21.2m.

However, the $10.1m shortfall was not entirely as it seemed – $2.6m of it was actually savings achieved through risk management, leaving $7.5m in underspending.

Of that underspend, some has gone through the Annual Plan process to be carried through to the next financial year, starting in July, and some work is expected to be completed in the current financial quarter.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 May 2019)

Centre project wins award

Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre remediation has won gold at the annual Commercial Project Awards.

The remediation was awarded a gold Civic Project Award for meeting 90 per cent of the points available. The project was designed by Irving Smith Architects, and the work was completed by Gibbons Construction.

The Commercial Project Awards are an annual event recognising ‘‘quality of work and craftsmanship required in delivering a superior commercial project’’.

It is not the only award the Trafalgar Centre remediation has received – in 2018, it won Irving Smith Architects the Public Architecture Award.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 May 2019)

Lake Killarney cleanup effort to begin soon

A drain is to be built near Lake Killarney at Takaka to divert surface water flows away from the troubled waterway.

Untreated stormwater and runoff from nearby pasture have affected the lake, which is in a reserve behind Commercial St near the town centre. Discoloration and algal blooms have been worrying residents who live next to the site.

Bush-King on Tuesday said options for remediating the lake would be looked at, and ‘‘given the cost estimates’’ were likely to be considered as part of the council’s next Long Term Plan.

The layer of nutrient-rich sludge is on average 700mm thick, meaning a total volume of about 4500 cubic metres.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 24 May 2019)

Council lays down footpath plan

A 1250-metre footpath, stretching from the village of Upper Moutere to the Moutere Hills Community Centre is one of four new walkways given the nod by Tasman District Council.

Set to be laid alongside the Moutere Highway, the footpath is No 1 on a ranked list of projects earmarked for construction in 2019-20 and 2020-21.

At No 2 on the list is a 500m path at Mapua running alongside Mapua Drive, from Higgs Reserve to the residential area. That is followed by another 500m walkway at No 3; this one along Lower Queen St at Richmond, from the NMIT campus to Headingly Lane.

The fourth footpath on the list is at Brooklyn, extending 300m alongside Motueka River West Bank Rd, from Old Mill Rd to Mickell Rd.

Councillors at the engineering services committee meeting gave the green light to the four new footpaths, which are expected to attract a 51 percent subsidy from the New Zealand Transport Agency as part of its ‘‘low cost-low risk’’ programme. The overall cost of the projects is tipped to be $432,500, of which the Moutere Highway path is estimated to require $187,500.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 May 2019)

Trial clean up of Modellers Pond comes to an end

The trial to clean-up the Modeller’s Pond may end up costing less than expected.

The current trial has had its share of issues, starting with a poorly explained doubling of budget and alleged obstruction by council staff.

However, initial results were positive and the three month trial in 2018 was ex

tended for a further five months, finishing at the end of April this year.

The full Nelson City Council will receive a report on the results of the trial in August.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 25 May 2019)

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