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Property News - 29 June 2020

Venues call for support

Nelson’s long-standing live performance venues are calling for public support as the Covid-19 pandemic throws uncertainty over their future.

The Theatre Royal and the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts (NCMA) have reopened under Level 1.

Nelson Historic Theatre Trust chairman Mark Christensen was pleased to announce the reopening of both facilities after 10 weeks of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the biggest issue facing Nelson’s theatre venues was filling the auditoriums again – something that could only be achieved by bringing in more shows.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 22 June 2020)

New home for Helicopter House

Seven months on from a spur-of-the-moment shopping decision, a Nelson charity house build has come to rest on an idyllic section of land at Todd Bush.

The owners of the house, auctioned to raise funds for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, held a house-warming party for friends, neighbours and those who had worked on the project on Saturday.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 22 June 2020)

Nelson Speedway seeks new consent

Nelson Speedway Association has applied for resource consent to continue operating on its grounds near Richmond and hold 15 race meetings a year, including the possibility of two separate two-day events.

The application before the Tasman District Council for a land use consent has been publicly notified and anyone can make a submission until the closing date this Friday at 4.30pm.

Race meetings have been held since 1968 on the Nelson Speedway site at the corner of Lansdowne Rd and Lower Queen St. For many years, those gatherings included some two-day events.

(Nelson Mail, Monday 22 June 2020)

$63.7m earmarked for projects

Tasman District Council has earmarked spending of $63.7 million on capital projects in 2020-21, up $17.9m on the total planned for the year in its Long Term Plan.

Key changes to the capital work programme compared with the 2020-21 year of the LTP are:

- Another $10.2m in 2020-21 for the Port Tarakohe upgrade following the development of the business case. The project go-ahead is dependent on central government funding and a further council decision.

- Transportation projects are forecast to be $1.9m higher than anticipated, of which $1m is for the Brightwater town centre upgrade.

- New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) subsidies are expected to be $600,000 more than expected.

- Due to project timing changes, the council expects to spend an additional $3.9m on improving drinking water supply systems. This mostly relates to the upgrade of the Motueka Water Treatment Plant, Mapua water trunk main and the Wakefield Water Treatment Plant.

- A total of $2.1m has been added for improving the council office buildings. However, this project is being reassessed following changing work practices as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

- The budget for wastewater has been reduced by $1.4m due to project timing changes. In particular, this relates to the Wakefield to Three Brothers Corner trunk main upgrade where the scope is still being considered.

- According to the Annual Plan forecasts, the council’s net debt will be $199.7m at the end of 2020-21, compared with $199.6m forecast in the LTP.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 June 2020)

$27k left over from freedom camping work

The Tasman District Council intends to offer back more than $27,000 of unspent Government funding it received for freedom camping projects.

Council environment and planning manager Dennis Bush-King said the unspent money was the result of some projects being completed for a lower price than anticipated and some sites closing earlier than planned because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

(Nelson Mail, Wednesday 24 June 2020)

Quake-prone warehouse to go

The days of Nelson’s old Mediterranean Food Warehouse building are numbered, after councillors voted to demolish it.

The building at 23 Halifax St is earthquake prone, assessed at just 25 per cent of the New Building Standard in 2012, and the council is required to address the risk by January 2022.

Structural engineering consultants told the Nelson City Council at a full meeting yesterday that in the event of an earthquake, the upper wall of 23 Halifax could ‘‘fail’’ and collapse onto the Elma Turner Library next door.

The building is set to be ‘‘deconstructed’’, at an estimated cost of $753,000, rather than demolished. In deconstruction, as much building material as possible is salvaged for reuse or recycling. Deconstruction is generally more expensive than demolishing a building but results in less waste going to landfill.

(Nelson Mail, Friday 26 June 2020)

Dam build delay lengthens

The Waimea dam project is now six months behind schedule and its already boosted budget may need another increase to cover the fallout from the Covid-19 lockdown.

‘‘Covid-19 was a real hard kick in the guts,’’ Waimea Water Ltd chief executive Mike Scott this week told a Tasman District Council meeting. ‘‘It’s really hit us by two months and counting.’’

Waimea Water Ltd (WWL) is a council controlled organisation responsible for managing the construction, operation and maintenance of the dam in the Lee Valley, about 36km south-east of Nelson. WWL is a joint venture between majority shareholder Tasman District Council and Waimea Irrigators Ltd.

The forecast build cost for the dam was increased by $25 million to $129.4m in February after some rock earmarked for the drainage zones was found to be unsuitable. The cost of sourcing suitable rock makes up the bulk of the forecast overrun.

Scott told councillors that Waimea Water had an ambitious construction programme before the coronavirus pandemic.

(Nelson Mail, Saturday 27 June 2020)