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KMB budget awaits Council funding clarification

August 20th, 2013
[by David Armstrong]

Projects which Keep Motueka Beautiful (KMB) have scheduled for this financial year have been put on hold while clarification is sought on TDC's decision to not roll over unspent funds from previous years.

At their AGM last night, members heard that as of yesterday an amount of $14,500 in the Reserve Financial Contributions (RFC) account for KMB, which they assumed would be carried forward into the 2013/14 year as in previous years, would not be available.

If this is the case, KMB's income - its main funding for its beautification projects - would be more than halved to an allocation of $12,632, which would mean that several projects would have to be halted.

KMB chairman David Ogilvie said it was possible that TDC was not actually removing the money permanently, but rather wiping the list of projects clean and starting with a new list including only active projects and with the funds still available. Some carried-over projects have been inert for several years with allocated money still intact.

KMB office holders will seek an urgent meeting with TDC's acting Reserves Manager Beryl Wilkes to clarify the intention of her announcement.

As a result, the annual general meeting was unable to proceed far in surveying the project goals for this year.

One project that wouild be bound to be affected would be the planting of trees along High Street from the roundabout to Courtney Street. It was hoped this would be done next autumn following work by Network Tasman, scheduled to start by the end of this year, to underground power lines along High Street. $3000 had been budgeted for this planting work.

Another large project being tackled this financial year is the landscaping and associated pathways of the waste area between Talley's factory and the entrance of the Moutere Inlet and heading towards the saltwater baths. $10,000 was to be allocated to this work.

Other projects originally listed for this year, subject to the expected budget, are:

  • Further work on the wetlands area of the Estuary Inlet - $1000
  • Plantings along Wharf Road - $4000
  • Other walkway improvements at several locations - $2000
  • Three town entrance signs - $2500
  • Work in Thorp's Bush - $1000
  • Help with CBD hanging baskets - $1000
  • Replanting of the southern entrance roundabout


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