Updates from the Community Boards and Committees

February, 2019

Marton: The Marton Community Committee met on 13 February. Some members had been at the sod turning for the Centennial Park skatepark upgrade. The Committee received updates from the Project Marton Co-ordinator about funding for the Boer War Memorial and street CCTV cameras, and the Harvest Festival wedding competition for 31 March. There has been progress with the new toilets on Follett Street.

Bulls: The Bulls Community Committee met on 12 February. The Chair reported that the Volunteers Awards Evening and the Concert in the Domain were a success. A large number of resources and furnishings have been received for the community house, and the auction is expected to be held in May. The Bulls Community Centre is still on track to be completed at the end of 2019/early 2020.

Turakina: The Bulls Community Committee met on 7 February. Another very successful Highland games was held, with Liam Kernigan awarded the Open NZ Champion, Most Points for the NZ Solo Piping Championship. The committee agreed on the integrated koru/tartan design for the TurakinaTownship signage.

Ratana: The Ratana Community Board met on 12 February. The board was updated in regards to the Local Government Commission, oral submissions will be held on 1 March, at 10.30am in the Council Chambers. Several community members raised concerns regarding the water odour. These issues are currently being addressed by Council, and residents will be kept informed of any updates.

Taihape: The Taihape Community Board met on 13 February. An application has been made to Heritage N for a heritage designation for the Mangaweka Bridge. 10 more pictorial panels have been funded, to be installed on the walkway wall from the outback to the shopping area. ‘No scooter’ signs will be placed outside ‘The Lobby’. There will be upcoming opportunities for the community and park users to have their say regarding the amenities block at Memorial Park.

Hunterville: The Hunterville Community Committee met on 18 February and welcomed Cheryl Gray as a member of the public who attended. The Committee is seeking fellow community members to step forward to lead or join the Placemaking group and actively work on community-led Placemaking projects to make the town vibrant and exciting; Cr McManaway updated the committee on the completed upgrades of the Hunterville Swimming Pool and encouraged the wider community to utilise the facility.

The Committee asked the Council’s Chief Executive to write to the Department of Conservation about the lack of upgrade to the toilets at Simpson Bush.There are a large number of campers using this site.

If you would like know more about the Hunterville Community Committee or attend a meeting please contact the Chair, Karen Kennedy on 06 322 8472 The next meeting will be held at the Town Hall on 15 April at 6.30pm.