Community Gets Behind Skatepark
A community-led group has been established to look at ways to encourage good behaviour at Masterton’s skatepark. The group, initiated by community members, includes representatives from Masterton District Council, the skate community, youth leaders, and parents, and will meet regularly to consider ideas including establishing a kaitiaki (guardian) role for the skatepark. Manager Community Facilities and Activities Corin Haines welcomed the initiative to support the skatepark. “The establishment of the group is a very positive approach to a community-led response to ensuring the skatepark is fun and safe for all.
“It is great to see the community come together to look at ways to support the skatepark.” Ideas around the establishment of kaitiaki for the park will require more detailed discussion, including how this is best funded and supported, and the Council will continue to be part of the process to develop this and other measures. The planned Youth Hub, which will include hang-out spaces, and a skate maintenance workshop, as well as two toilets, is expected to be installed around June/July. The Council will be funding installation of signage at the skatepark, in consultation with the skating community.
Hood Aerodrome Update
Work is underway to upgrade the refueling area at Hood Aerodrome, with new concrete pads scheduled to be poured this week. The new concrete pads will contain new filling points for the tanks and special drains to capture any spills. BP will also install a new pump, and the surrounding area will be changed from lime to asphalt. Moncrieff Drive has been resealed, and the edges hydroseeded. Geotech investigations are being carried out around the aerodrome this week in preparation for the up-and-coming runway design work. This involves 2m test pits, boring some holes with hand augers, and conducting DCP tests (Dynamic Cone Penetration). Applications remain open until 27 May for six new lease hangar sites, as part of the development of the aerodrome. An information sheet, hangar design guide, and application form are available here on the website.
It’s Dog Registration Time
The Council will shortly finalise dog registration fees for the year, but you don’t have to wait until then to plan your payments. You can pay it off in instalments each week to make it easier. Your dog’s current registration expires on 30 June 2022 and this year all dogs registered by that date will automatically go into the draw to win one of three prize packs. Plus, all dogs registered by 31 July will go in the draw to win a refund of this year’s registration – three to be won! The Council will send a letter with the new fee when they’re finalised but you can set up a weekly payment now using the account details and references on our website.
Sea Level Rise
Masterton District Council is incorporating consideration of climate change impact in its long-term planning, including the potential for sea-level rise in coastal areas. Information released last week by the NZ SeaRise: Te Tai Pari O Aotearoa programme, particularly around the rate of land subsiding, provides shorter timeframes for these impacts which will need to be reflected in planning. The information can be seen on the SeaRise website: searise.nz The key document in this area is the Wairarapa Combined District Plan, which is currently under review by all three Wairarapa district councils, and the findings will be incorporated in this process. The Plan already includes measures related to the Foreshore Protection Area, but it is too early to say how these will be affected by this new information. The review process is a major undertaking, and a proposed updated plan is likely to be available for public feedback in 2023.
Waipoua Bridge Progress
Work is progressing on the walking/cycling bridge across the Waipoua River, but rocky ground has prompted a change in tack in the construction. It had been planned to ram the timber retaining posts for the access ramps leading up to the bridge, but these will now be drilled and concreted. It is planned to install the posts on the Oxford Street side of the bridge this week, then move across to the southern side, on the bank near Railway Crescent. Once the posts are in place, retaining timber can be installed and the ramps back-filled, giving contractors safe access to assemble the bridge itself. Gabion baskets will be installed as part of the ramps to feature the natural stone of the area and prevent scouring of the bridge foundations at times of high river flow. The main support frames for the bridge have been pre-assembled on site, ready for installation when access ramps are complete. The need to drill and concrete retaining posts has delayed the project somewhat, but it is likely to be complete in June/July, depending on weather.
Mountain Bike Park Rolls On
Work is proceeding fast with the community-lead Lansdowne Mountain Bike Park, with several trails partially formed – but still off-limits to mountain bikers while compacting work is completed. Masterton District Council is also planning to ensure good separation between the bikers on the park and other trail users, and will be realigning the bottom walking trail, slightly closer to the waterway, to avoid any unplanned meetings. This work is scheduled to take place by end of June. The project is being led by the Lansdowne community, with the Council providing land for the park. It has already seen use by bikes as part of the “bedding down” process to help harden the tracks, but should not be used when wet – to avoid damage. The Lansdowne Mountain Bike Park Facebook page is the best source of information for when bedding down is taking place. Mountain bikers are asked to respect signage, fencing, and taped-off tracks, to avoid damage to the tracks.
Follow the Stars for Matariki
Masterton District Council is inviting applications from groups and individuals planning community events for Matariki, offering grants of up to $500 to help organisers, and planning a map of events running from 20-26 June. New Zealand’s first Matariki public holiday is on Friday 24 June. To register for inclusion on the Follow the Stars events map for Te Ara O Ngā Whetū O Matariki, and apply for a grant, activities must be aligned to one of the nine stars in Matariki and be open to the public. Registrations are required by Friday 20 May and can be made via the Council website or using hard copy forms available at the Council’s Queen Street Office or Masterton District Library.
Under the current COVID-19 restrictions public attendance at meetings is not permitted but meetings will be live-streamed. Follow our Facebook page to get notifications for live streams.
Wednesday 18 May
12:30pm Audit and Risk Committee meeting
3pm Council Meeting
Friday 20 May
Applications close for Follow the Stars for Matariki
Monday 6 June – Queen’s Birthday
Wednesday 8 June
2pm Infrastructure and Services Committee meeting
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