The April 2019 general meeting for the Mapua and District Community Association got off to an unusual start with the district being caught in a power cut due to an automobile accident, so a sudden rethink of the procedures was needed, as speakers were to make their presentations via Powerpoint projection.
It was a very full agenda with speakers from the Tasman District Council presenting several issues affecting Mapua residents
Glenn Thorn presented concept plans for upgrading the playground near the tennis courts. Over the last few months the TDC had invited the community including the school to submit ideas for this so it was exciting to see the concepts for the final plan which has an apple theme.
Jacqui Deans spoke about the Nelson and Tasman Future Development Strategy and where suggested growth may occur in this area.
Mayor Richard Kempthorne spoke to the long term plan which is at the end of the first year of a 10 year term and said few changes have been suggested to the current plan as significant work was done on the plan last year. There is a link on the TDC website if you wish to find your rates for next year.The hoped for 2.42% average increase has increased slightly to an average of 2.74%.
The extensive drought period and the Pigeon Valley fire made significant inroads into the workload for the TDC staff which has meant time lines have needed to be stretched out for some of the continuing TDC work.
Richard Hollier then spoke about the proposed plan for the Ngaio Tree park area at the wharf, in front of the Golden Bear, following which a brain storming session was held to garner suggestions for improvements.
All speakers were happy to take questions from the floor so it was a very informative meeting for all those attending.
The next meeting for the Association will be held as usual on the second Monday of the month, that is May 13th at 7pm in the Mapua Hall and everyone is welcome to attend.