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Town beautification projects in full swing

June 19th, 2013
[by David Armstrong]

With the maintenance of all walkways built by Keep Motueka Beautiful now in the hands of Council, the KMB committee is working on an interesting mix of other beautification projects.

One which will have a huge impact on the amenity of Motueka's recreational areas is the development of a concept plan for radically improving the Port Motueka beach reserve area linking the Talley's fishing wharf with the saltwater baths.

This project, which involves Paul Mosley, Agnes McNabb and Eileen Wilkins along with TDC staff, will see a landscape plan being developed to make paths, ornamental and architectural features incorporating coastal plants.

From then, funding will be obtained through TDC's Annual Plan process. It is expected that the development may also link with a proposed formal walkway linking the Port with Old Wharf Road, where currently there is an informally worn path.

With the walkway now fully completed around the inlet north of the Wharf Road causeway, there is only some further planting to be established along the latest sections beside the causeway and connecting Link Park with York Park. About 200 plants were dug in last week on Arbor Day near Link Park by schoolchildren, volunteers and TDC staff.

The Adopt-a-Plot area off Old Wharf Road continues to be developed, with a working bee of plot adopters organised soon. The originator of the scheme, Bob Cooke, is no longer a KMB member but he continues to co-ordinate work, plantings and maintenance and does a lot of the path maintenance work himself.

Adjacent to this area, the work by Mike Tooker and his (mainly tramping) volunteer friends has seen large strides taken in planting wetland flora such as reeds in the area bordering the inlet. After several years of work, thousands of plants are now in place and beginning to grow.

Another new KMB project is the design and installation of three sign boards at the College Street, Moutere Highway and High Lyndhurst Drive (High Street North) entrances to town, welcoming drivers to Motueka.

Organised by Sue Clarke, high school students have created designs that depict images of Motueka's environment and activity, and Image Creators will help transfer these to digital designs for printing on boards.

Another enhancement to the entrance to town which has been in planning for some time is a replanting of the High Street roundabout at the southern entrance to town. Using some donated money and funds set aside in the KMB budget, the planting and landscape design has been agreed and the start of work awaits Council being ready.

Another project still in a conceptual state is the planting of an avenue of trees along the southern approach from the roundabout up to Courtney Street. This will be planned in more detail when the undergrounding of power and utility lines is carried out, which is hoped to take place next year.

This set of projects, along with many small and ongoing tasks looking after several flower beds around town (such as those in front of the museum and beside Memorial Hall) is providing plenty of interesting and worthwhile work for Keep Motueka Beautiful members, and the committee is always happy to hear from anyone wanting to help out.


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