A wide range of community issues were canvassed at our June meeting with many focused on water!!
Councillor Tim King presented a potted summary of the rationale for and developments relating to the Waimea Dam – noting the significant TDC meeting which was held June 14th to determine if this would proceed.
The results of the polling of the membership relating to Waterfront Park development were tabled with some discussion. It was noted that the TDC proposal resulting from their consultation on Waterfront Land will be available for public consultation in “ early to mid-July” and Cath McFaul ( the contracted consultant) will be presenting at the Association’s July 10th monthly meeting.
Concerns were raised relating to the repeat flooding of Mapua School and the Association will explore this as a major focus in a future meeting this year. Members of the Waterfront Park Upgrade Subcommittee met with Richard from TDC Parks and Reserves to explore the future placement of picnic tables and children’s playground equipment purchased from the Rata Foundation Grant.
Safety and security in our community were also raised considering possible CCTV Camera placements; police presence as well as the community’s own “ watchdog” roles. This will also be the focus of a future meeting with local police and neighbourhood support groups invited to present.
We are excited about the response to the MDCA Logo competition ( for which entries closed June 25) There are certainly some talented artists out there!! The top 4 entries will be voted on by membership at the July meeting and the winner presented with the $150 prize money at the August meeting.
Members were encouraged to consider offering to be nominated for the 2017/18 Executive Committee to be voted on at the AGM August 14th . All are warmly invited to attend.
Finally we responded to a suggestion that the many volunteers in our district be honoured and Helen Bibby did so in this way:
What a Community…
Following the nasty break in at the Mapua Bakery the very efficient grape vine told me how the community rallied to show their support to those affected which reminded me just what a caring community we live in.
At the last Association meeting we discussed whether it was possible to acknowledge all those who ,in one way or another, volunteer their services to the community. The outcome of the discussion was that we would be overwhelmed by numbers, as so many people do their bit to make the wheels go round using skills, coaching, manpower, a listening ear,or a multitude of other ways to help their fellow man.
So, instead of a function (run by volunteers) in the hall ( managed by volunteers) let’s all say a big thank you via the printed word ( Coastal News put together by more volunteers) to the many people in our extended community from the kindly neighbour over the fence to the fire-officers who race off in the dead of night and all those in between, for all the help and kindness we show to one another.
What a privilege to live in this place.
Please join us in ensuring that we have an ongoing voice and input into this community we love – the next Association meeting is Monday July 10th 7 pm in the Bill Marris Room – all welcome !!