Community Board Notes
The community board has had its first meeting of the year.
Discussion was held regarding parking in Tapanui, mainly a five-minute marked park outside the chemist to help those who are picking up prescriptions, and also two five-minute marked parks outside the Tapanui Dairy.
Both of these recommendations have gone forward for approval and we hope to report back after the next meeting.
After the meeting, we had a walk around the area surrounding Hancox Park to familiarise ourselves with this part of the town, and the possibilities that could be looked at for the future under the Our Place West Otago community plan going forward.
Whether it be housing or recreation, there are endless possibilities for this area.
While driving around Tapanui, it was noted that a few sections could do with a tidy up.
Not only do they look awful, they are a very high fire risk.With the unusual weather events happening all over New Zealand, we have to look at our own area and be mindful of the part we play to keep ourselves and our communities safe.
Just recently, we have had an unusual number of storms which have affected houses, but also roading.
It is a reminder to us all to keep our spouting clear of all debris, and look out for our neighbours.
The last stage of the Patterson’s Creek upgrade has started at the south end of Tapanui, and it is hoped this will prevent the flooding of the past few years in this part of the town.
The upgrade of the West Otago Community Centre is continuing, with the squash court area next to receive some attention.
The whole community centre is going to be painted in the next month, which will enhance the look of the outside of the building.
Excitement is building with the new extension at Ribbonwood Country Home taking shape.
This will provide an extra five resident rooms, which are desperately needed, and will only improve this most worthwhile asset in our community.
We are very fortunate to have such a hard-working committee driving this project.
Our Place West Otago continues to be a focus for the community board and I hope we will be able to report fully on the projects going forward in the coming months.
West Otago Community Board chairwoman Barbara Hanna.
‘With the unusual weather events happening all over New Zealand, we have to look at our own area and be mindful of the part we play to keep ourselves and our communities safe