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Property News: 29th June 2015

GRASSED INDOOR VENUE AT SAXTON

A new indoor sports centre will be up and running at Saxton Field this time next year if all goes to plan, says Nelson Cricket Association general manager Richard Hayward.  The centre would be a 46-metre by 14-metre grassed indoor venue for multisport use, said Hayward. To maximise the use of the centre he said it would be a community venue and would be shared with the Inclusive Sports Trust and Special Olympics, as well as other community groups. The grassed indoor area would be surrounded by a sprung netting system so ‘‘people running around playing football or whatever can run into the walls and bounce off it’’. The building would also house a meeting room, office, changing rooms and toilets, he said.

(The Nelson Mail Monday, June 22, 2015) 

EMPTY HNZ HOUSE GOES TO WASTE IN SHORTAGE

An empty Housing New Zealand house on an overgrown property in Wakapuaka is going to waste, say surrounding property owners.  The house, which has been empty since December 2014, has been earmarked for divestment, said Housing New Zealand spokesman Glenn Conway. But the property needed to go through a Right of First Refusal (RFR) process with local iwi first and foremost.   Housing New Zealand had started the process with iwi, but Conway said discussions were still in early stages with those iwi. Conway said the property had been left in good condition when it was vacated last year. However, a routine grounds maintenance plan was not established due to an oversight.  

(The Nelson Mail Tuesday, June 23, 2015) 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC SEEKS $1.4M TO KICK-START REVAMP

The Nelson School of Music needs Nelsonians to start strumming on some strings of their own – the ones binding the purse.  The school is starting a fundraising drive to get $1.4 million, which it needs to secure a $3 million contribution from the Nelson City Council towards the earthquake strengthening and revamp of the 114-year-old building. The council’s funds are dependent on the school coming up with the remainder of the $6.4 million project. The school has already secured $850,000 from the Canterbury Community Trust, and fundraising committee chairwoman Colleen Marshall said it hoped to get more through Lottery grants and other large funding organisations. Nelson School of Music Trust chairman Roger Taylor said it was now over to the community, with plans already drawn up and other major funders committed.  The official fundraising campaign will be kicked off at the Nelson City Council on Wednesday. Donations can be made through ASB Bank, by visiting the Nelson School of Music’s website or by contacting the school’s secretary.    

(The Nelson Mail Tuesday, June 23, 2015) 

STORM WATER DRIVES CITY SPENDING

Nelsonians are in for a 3.6 per cent average rates rise next year, the highest forecast rise over the next decade, with the council finalising its 10-year long term plan.   For houses with a land value of $105,000, rates will go up 3.07 per cent to $2291 in the next financial year, those with a land value of $285,000 will go up 3.9 per cent to $3464 and those with a land value of $580,000 will rise by 4.48 per cent to $5387 (all including an average water rates charge of $520).  Nelson City Council signed off its long term plan on Tuesday.   Next year’s 3.6 per cent average rise will be followed by a 3.4 per cent rise the following year and 2.8 per cent rise in 2017-18. For the following seven years of the plan the increase averages 2.4 per cent a year. 

 

WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING

Infrastructure:  Stormwater - $30 million, Wastewater $9.2 million, Footpaths $5.6 million.

Stoke:  Greenmeadows Community Centre - $5.6 million, Youth Park - $539,000, Library extension - $2.3 million, Bus Service and traffic improvements

Environment:  Nelson Nature $500,000 a year rising to $718,000 a year in 2019, Nelson 2060. Implementation- $50,000 a year, Maitai River water health - $400,000 a year, Woodburner regulations review.

Arts and Festivals:  Light Nelson $150,000 every two years, Nelson School of Music - $3 million (if matching funding secured), Suter $6 million.

Parks and Recreation:  Rutherford Park development - $3.3 million, Rutherford Park playground $600,000, Trafalgar Centre upgrades $9 million.  Will work with Surf Life Saving Club to establish clubrooms.

Business and Development:  CBD enhancement fund $891,000 over the next five years, Review of Economic Development Agency, Nelson Tasman Tourism and Uniquely Nelson prioritising inner city living , annual China week.

Others:  New public toilet at Millers Acre - $400,000, A $150,000 budget line for a pet cremator and $1 million budget line for Modellers Pond, both of which will be re-evaluated when reports come back.

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, June 24, 2015) 

COLD WEATHER BRINGS SMOKE COMPLAINTS

Smoky chimneys have led to 23 complaints to the Nelson City Council this winter and national air quality standards have already been breached – the earliest in the year since 2009.  Nelsonians are guided by some of the most stringent woodburner regulations around the country, which in many cases make it impossible for residents to install a woodburner in their homes.  The tough regulations were introduced in 2002 to clean the city’s air and it is widely accepted they have done so.  However, they have also restricted the use of woodburners many regard as an affordable and efficient home heating method.  The Nelson air quality plan divided the city into four airsheds to measure levels of air pollution.  Airshed A includes Victory Square and the Washington Valley areas, airshed B1 includes Tahunanui, airshed B2 includes Stoke and airshed C includes the city centre and areas to the northeast of the city.  Airshed A has consistently had the poorest air quality levels of the four, and is the primary barrier to a relaxation of the regulations.  It is within this airshed that the PM10 emissions level breach was recorded.  The limits are set out in the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality and under those standards airshed A can have three breaches a year until 2020.  Airshed B1 and B2 can have one breach a year until 2016 and airshed C already meets the standard’s level of no more than one breach a year.    

(The Nelson Mail Wednesday, June 24, 2015) 

AIRPORT UPGRADE PROPOSED OVER NEXT 12 MONTHS

"We have a strong aviation footprint now and a good tourism product. I think we are very high on [Jetstar’s] list of priorities,’’ Kerr said.  Jetstar would be the sixth airline to take off from Nelson’s airport terminal. Originair announced yesterday its intention to fly from Nelson to Wellington and Palmerston North.  Welcoming the additional airlines meant a terminal upgrade was becoming more pertinent, said Evans.      A short term development plan, including a car park upgrade and additional counters within the terminal, would be rolled out over the next six to 12 months.

(The Nelson Mail Friday, June 26, 2015) 

TDC RATES UP SLIGHTLY, DEBT DOWN

The Tasman District Council has stalled its growing debt and met a promise to keep rate increases down, with a 2.11 per cent general rates rise in the coming financial year. Yesterday’s sign-off of the council’s Long Term Plan (2015-25) signalled the end of a major financial strategy and debt policy review which kicked off in mid-2013 after ratepayers, councillors and the auditor-general voiced concerns over its spiralling debt. The plan adopted by Tasman councillors outlines proposed budgets and projects, and promises to keep rates rises under 3 per cent over the next 10 years.  Debt, which was $145 million at the end of May, was predicted to rise to about $300m by 2022. It is now planned to rise to $173.3m by the end of the next financial year, to peak at $197.5m in 2018-19, and to dip to $120.3m by 2025.  The council’s income will be $107.3m over 2015-16, of which rates will make up $67.8m.      Major infrastructure projects include the proposed Waimea Community Dam, with a $25m budget, Richmond central improvements ($15m), a wastewater main upgrade from Three Brothers Corner to Wakefield ($12.5m), and the Borck Creek stormwater upgrade ($14.1m).  Capital projects include a $3.2m spend in 2015-16 on the Golden Bay Community Facility; $2.1m on the redevelopment of the Motueka Library, starting in 2019-20; $2.8m for Saxton Field developments over the next decade; and $1.2m for the completion of Tasman’s Great Taste Trail through to Woodstock.      

(The Nelson Mail Friday, June 26, 2015) 

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