The Bill Marris Room at the Mapua Hall was full for the July 10th meeting of the Mapua and District Community Association meeting. Community members had come mainly to hear TDC staff talk about water access issues for Mapua and the range of proposed options for boat access in Mapua that Catherine MacFaul had gathered in the last few months.
Lindsay Mckenzie TDC CEO, opened the discussion then handed over to Cath who outlined the background to the TDC review and the subsequent range of options which are now attracting submissions. These close on the 14 August.
Sharon Flood then spoke about the submission process noting that TDC will have an Information Tent in the wharf area on 29th July between 10- 12.30 (probably in the hall if wet).
It is really important to be informed and the TDC website is a good place to get information from. On their website look for – Public Consultation – Mapua Waterfront Options- which gives links to follow.
Mike Shruer and Juliet Westbury, TDC staff, spoke about the background causes contributing to the flooding in the area, particularly in the recent heavy downpours and in the Mapua School area. He assured the meeting this is being dealt with as are the wider water and waste water systems for the area.
During the meeting members were given voting slips to choose a new logo for MDCA from finalists selected by the Exec. The choice was not easy as the selection was all of a very high standard. The result of this will be announced at the August meeting.
The Waterfront Park Upgrade sub committee have made good progress and tabled a plan showing the placement of picnic tables in the park. Spokesperson, Trish Smith, said the next step is to find funding for a BBQ for the area.
The death of Bill Williams was noted with sadness .He had been given Life Membership of the Association to acknowledge all the work he had done for the community over the years. Several members spoke of particular contributions he had made and projects he had been involved with.
The next meeting of the Community Association is the AGM on August 14th. Do consider putting your name forward as a representative on the Exec. And remember to put in your own submissions regarding water access in this area.