Board’s efforts make difference for amenities

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GARRY MCCORKINDALE:

Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board chairman

The Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board held its first meeting of the New Year on January 23.

The flooding of last November is still very front of mind and an update on the stormwater issue was provided by Clutha District Council group manager service delivery, Jules Witt.

He said that estimates, culvert installation, footpath reinstatement and a timeline would be chased up now that contractors were back at work, and another public meeting will be held by the end of February to update residents.

The work required is reasonably clear, but we now just need to confirm the pricing and timeline.

As yet no date has been set for this meeting.

The Tuapeka Lawrence Community Company has asked the board to assist with funding its community co-ordinator, who has been in the role since March 2018.

Grants from other sources have funded the position thus far but a shortfall was identified for the three months until July this year, and the board agreed to allocate $4000 from its project fund to fill the gap.

The public toilets by the Night ‘n Day are about to be refurbished with new whiteware and tiling to smarten them up. Portable toilets will be available for use while the work is being done.

Last year, the board engaged a landscape design firm to come up with some ideas on how the “Zig Zag” path on lower Lancaster St could be enhanced, both visually and for safety.

Three options were presented to the meeting, and one was chosen to progress for cost estimates.

The board would also like to put the overhead power lines underground in that area but once again cost will be a significant factor in any decision.

None of this will come cheap, and we will be consulting the community before any decision is made.

With the resignation of board member Liz Ritchie in November last year, the board has considered its options and resolved to appoint a new member until the next round of local body elections scheduled for spring this year.

Electoral rules allow the board to offer the position to the highest polling, but unsuccessful, candidate from the last election.

In this case, Matthew Little has accepted the position and the board will ratify this decision at a special meeting later this month.

As just stated, it is election year this year and I would encourage all residents to get involved.

We have a diverse range of citizens resident in our ward, many with a lot to offer the community.

Whom would you nominate?

Maybe you have something to offer your community?

Serving your community can be a very rewarding experience.

Go on.

Think about it.