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Property News: 9 April 2018

Forestry link to sediment damage

Almost 90 per cent of the environmentally-damaging fine sediment at the mouth of the Moutere River came from pine forest, a new study has found.

Tasman District Council and NIWA have been investigating the effects of sediment on the district’s river systems. The resulting report, which is not yet available in full, also found that recently harvested pine forests along with bank erosion were responsible for a high proportion of sediment in the Waimea Inlet.

Council resource scientist Trevor James said the study represented a "snapshot in time" but he hoped to organise a meeting with the forestry companies as well as sediment experts from NIWA and Landcare Research to discuss its findings.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 2 April 2018)

Road widening to cater for Richmond growth

A road on the outskirts of Richmond will be widened to allow for growth in the area and more traffic projected when a New World opens.

Work to widen Bateup Rd at Richmond and provide a shared walkway-cycleway is expected to begin in mid April.

The project is designed to help cater for increased traffic from growth in the area including the Hart Rise/Arizona and Paton Rise subdivisions as well as the planned development of a New World supermarket on a site near Three Brothers Corner.

Tasman District Council project manager Graham Rimmer said the work was extensive and would require Bateup Rd to be reduced to one lane for its entire length during construction. Awarded to Higgins Contracting, the project was due to be completed by Christmas.

(The Nelson Mail, Monday 2 April 2018)

Post-cyclone bill may cost $11.8m

Repairing infrastructure damaged by ex-tropical cyclones Fehi and Gita is tipped to cost the district council close to $12 million.

The two powerful storms hit the district within three weeks of each other – Fehi on February 1 and Gita on February 20.

A Tasman District Council staff report on the agenda for a full council meeting scheduled for tomorrow says the cost to the council is estimated at $11.8m. That total includes $9.4m of work on roads and more than $1.5m on rivers.

Council staff also raised the vexed issue of dealing with the tonnes of silt from the storm aftermath left piled on property verges. Although not a council responsibility it agreed to help remove the waste.

The cost estimate excludes the costs associated with upgrading infrastructure and beach restoration at McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve, which suffered significant damage from Fehi and has been closed since just before the February 1 storm. A separate report on the reserve is due to be completed for a council committee meeting in mid April.

For the rest of the repairs, funding from external sources including the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and New Zealand Transport Agency is expected to total just under $7.5m, leaving the council to fund an estimated net cost of $4.3m.

Covering that estimated net cost is expected to take most of the council’s available emergency funding.

(The Nelson Mail, Wednesday 4 April 2018)

Funding bid for zoo supported

Natureland’s funding request of $250,000 a year will go to the long term plan, after an independent review found it to be a reasonable amount.

In a review of Natureland’s funding and business plan, consultant David Hammond suggested the funding was about right.

But he said a closer working relationship between Natureland and the council could lead to more profitability and a mutually beneficial relationship.

The review of the zoo’s operation was requested last year by the Nelson City Council’s sport and recreation committee.

It came after Natureland requested the council commit to funding the park with $250,000 per year for the next 10 years; an increase from $200,000 annually.

(The Nelson Mail, Friday 6 April 2018)

Housing for seniors in spotlight

Developers of retirement villages may be required to provide some affordable units in their complexes as the number of people aged 65 and over is tipped to soar.

Seniors Minister Tracey Martin on Friday opened the Positive Ageing Expo at Richmond, near Nelson, where she announced the Government would develop a new Positive Ageing Strategy to shape the policies affecting older New Zealanders including housing.

Before the announcement, Martin said she had been involved in conversations ‘‘around retirement village developments and how can we, the Government, require a proportion of affordable units inside retirement village construction’’.

The first Positive Ageing Strategy was created in 2001 when there were nearly 50,000 people aged 85 or more. Now, there were more than 85,000 aged 85 or more.

About 725,000 people were aged over 65 and that was expected to climb over 1.2 million by 2036.

‘‘We need a strategy to ensure that we are in a good position to deal with these demographic shifts and the wider changes that are happening in society, and that are going to happen,’’ Martin said.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 April 2018)

Water share offer extension extended

Waimea Irrigators Ltd has extended its offer a second time for water shares to help fund the proposed Waimea dam.

The latest extension keeps the offer open for another week, until April 12.

‘‘We are nearly there and we are very confident that applications arriving over the next week will put us over the line,’’ said Waimea Irrigators Ltd chairman Murray King.

WIL aims to raise $16.5 million via the sale of 3000 water shares.

Its initial offer of $5500 per share opened on February 8 and was originally due to close on March 22.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 April 2018)

Waimea dam land plan hits obstacle

Work to secure conservation land for the proposed Waimea dam, near Nelson, has hit a snag with DOC saying it cannot proceed as proposed.

However, the knockback was countered on Thursday by confirmation the Government will honour commitments made by the previous National government for the controversial scheme, which is earmarked for the Lee Valley.

Tasman District Council and dam proponent Waimea Irrigators Ltd are proposed joint-venture partners in the project, which is tipped to be funded by a mix of ratepayer, irrigator and Crown funding.

The council wants about 11ha of Mount Richmond Forest Park land from DOC for the scheme and it proposed acquiring the riverbed and adjoining land by a disposal from the Crown under the Public Works Act.

But DOC has poured cold water on that plan.

Slater outlines the key impediments, one of which is section 24F of the Conservation Act, ‘‘which in effect means the Crown cannot dispose of the riverbed sought to the council’’, he says.

In a report on the matter, McKenzie says the council is taking advice on the DOC letter.

(The Nelson Mail, Saturday 7 April 2018)

Thought for the Week

No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.

(Althea Gibson)