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Port Motueka project plans to be explained

January 20th, 2015

Plans to redevelop the Eastern Quay and Beach Reserve areas of Port Motueka will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of Vision Motueka on Thursday, January 29th.

Guest speaker at the AGM will be Paul Mosley, secretary of Keep Motueka Beautiful and manager of KMB's Port Motueka project.

Many people will have noted the work already done creating a path and boardwalk at the northern end of Beach Reserve, including many plantings.

This is just the first part of an ambitious project costing tens of thousands of dollars spread over several years, aimed at making the port area a place that residents and tourists will want to spend time actively or passively relaxing while enjoying the coastal environment.

The area has long been considered a potential attraction for the town, but has been left in a state that is unattractive at best and ugly in parts, especially on the shore of the inlet entrance.

An aerial view of the port. Much of the bottom half of the image is to be developed and beautified.

Paul's presentation marks the first of a new format of meetings that Vision Motueka will hold through the year. Instead of the round-table, casual committee approach of past meetings, guest speakers will be invited to tell interested members of the public about projects and initiatives that they or the groups they represent are involved in that will improve the town.

"Although Vision Motueka is not directly involved in the port project, or in most other projects happening in Motueka, we nevertheless support and encourage them in whatever ways we can to achieve their goals," says Vision Motueka chairman David Armstrong.

Regular Vision meetings this year will also provide time for forums, where people can discuss public issues and ideas that are not strictly matters for Council but rather for community action.

At the AGM, to be held at Community House on Thursday, January 29th at 7.30pm, plans will be outlined for Vision's community-wide information gathering programme called Motueka 2030, to be conducted in autumn.

David says the goal of the programme will be to engage and talk with as many Motueka people as possible to find out what they think will make Motueka a better place to live in 2030.

The project was endorsed by the Community Board at its May 2014 meeting and has the support of Tasman District Council leaders.

All the information gathered during the programme will be collated and made available for public viewing, for use not only by Vision Motueka for its own project ideas but also by any person or group involved in future strategies and planning for the town.

It should also allow the Community Board and Council to understand more clearly what average Motueka residents really want.

The AGM will be held at Community House, Decks Reserve, starting at 7.30pm on Thursday January 29th. A simple supper will be provided, and a gold coin koha for the supper and hall hire would be appreciated.

Of course, the AGM will include the election of trustees and officers. Anyone wishing to be nominated must have their nomination sent by email to by 6pm on January 29th - nominations from the floor at the meeting will not be eligible.


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