Welcome to our August issue of Rangitikei Line

A little later then normal but here is what has been happening in August...

Forward Works

Wanganui Road – concrete work and filling grass berms will be completed during August. Mt Curl – earthwork for the road...

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Forward Works


Wanganui Road – concrete work and filling grass berms will be completed during August.


Mt Curl – earthwork for the road retreat is dependent on dry weather and progress is slow. Approximately 2 weeks of work is remaining, which is dependant on dry weather.


Okirae Road – This project is 90% completed and is expected to be complete during August.


Turakina Valley Road at the Majuba – felling trees is programmed to be carried out in August to allow the detailed design to be completed and tendered.


Design has been completed for sections of Griffins and Franklin Road, these roads are scheduled for overlay treatments.

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August Highlights from Athol Sanson

The last few weeks have been busy again for the Parks and Reserves team who have been busy with the continual winter cle...

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August Highlights from Athol Sanson

The last few weeks have been busy again for the Parks and Reserves team who have been busy with the continual winter cleanup. The teams have finally got hold of all of our autumn leaf across the region and are just finishing many pruning jobs that need to be done before the spring growth arrives. We are seeing early signs of spring growth across the lower part of the region with many lawn areas now starting to grow while some trees are starting to come into leaf early.

We have been working on number of smaller planting projects across the district and also commenced work on the Centennial Park cricket grounds makeover. For this month I have highlighted a few of these projects:


Centennial Park

In June the Rangitikei District Council was approached by Saracens cricket club with a proposal to upgrade the cricket grounds at Centennial Park. The proposal highlighted that the surface of the park had become a health and safety issue due to a very uneven surface. It was also Saracens desire to help make this park a central hub for our regions cricket and by upgrading the field will help them attract more users to this facility.

The clubs initiative included the installation of an in-ground irrigation system to the cricket pitch, new park fences, moving the clubs practice nets and removing many of the hollows on the parks surface.

After discussions, it was agreed the surface would be scarified, dimple seeded, top-dressed and over sown which would ensure the grounds are ready at the commencement of the clubs season.


So what’s scarifying?

Scarifying removes unwanted surface material such as thatch, dead grass, moss and surface rooted grasses; allowing for healthy root growth and improved drainage. This is carried out with a high-speed mechanical rake with sharp blades that make vertical cuts into the turf.

Scarifying is usually carried out in spring when the grass is actively growing which enhances the recovery process and is often the first phase of a surface renovation program.
And topdressing?

Topdressing is the application of a uniform thin layer of soil applied over the turf surface. It is used to level the playing field when minor variations or depressions are apparent, it helps to amend physical soil properties and create a better growing environment for the turf.


Overseeding?

Overseeding is the periodic application of seed to an existing turfgrass stand to improve turf density. The grass cannot recuperate quickly enough when used for games so overseeding must be done on a routine basis on high-use fields so that we can provide a dense, more uniform, and safe playing surface. Some figures that may be of interest:

  • Scarification will remove 60-70m3 of grass, thatch and soil
  • Topdressing will require 60m3 of first grade topsoil to be put back onto the park
  • We will use a high entophyte grass seed that will be a mixture of three turf grass varieties. Approximately 450kgs of seed will be used at a rate of 40grams per/m2
  • This part of the renovation will take three days to complete.

The turf will be closed until labour weekend. Please adhere to our warning signs so that this work is not damaged.


Irrigation

This was installed during the week of the 22nd of August. By using a purpose built irrigation system this will guarantee the block gets enough water to ensure optimum grass growth. It will also allow the club to programme evening irrigation, which is not only best for grass growth but also will use less water due to decreased evaporation.


Hunterville Town Centre

The planting/mulching of the gardens in the Hunterville CBD was completed last week. A number of the gardens had been removed last year and have lain bare for 8 months so it was time they were planted.

We consulted with locals to see what theme we should follow in the township, who advised they would like to have some colour in the gardens to brighten up the township.

I based the design on providing spring and summer flowering plants. We have planted new hedges as the current gardens already included great hedges. However as the hedges were in a different part of the town we could use a new species. We selected Camellia sasanqua due to the plants hardiness to sun.

We also decided to plant two new trees to the street scape following discussions with local home owners. We selected Prunus campanulata “Superba”, this upright flowering cherry is highly suited to streetscapes due to the trees compact nature.

This is one of the first cherry’s to come into flower and must be the best spring tree for attracting Tui and bellbirds.

They were used to frame the old post office, many people stop and take photos of this historic building and the trees planted will help frame this fantastic iconic building.


Walker Park Bulls

We became aware in July that the access to Walker Park in Bulls, off Taumahi Street, was becoming a safety issue. Over many years a steep bank was being used by local people to access the park. As part of our ongoing audits for playgrounds, and following a question from the Bulls community committee, it was decided to form a path, extend the fence and put a new crushed lime path into the park.

This has tidied up a much neglected area in this great little park. New tees have also been planted in the park. Walker Park is a gateway to our region that attracts many families wanting to stop for a break. It will continue to be a focus for the parks team to ensure it in a top condition at all times.

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    I like the photos which show what has been worked on - keep up the good work.

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Local Body Elections – Are you enrolled to vote?

It is important you have your say in choosing who you want as your Mayor and Councillors to represent you over the next...

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Local Body Elections – Are you enrolled to vote?

It is important you have your say in choosing who you want as your Mayor and Councillors to represent you over the next three years. Rangitikei District Council is governed by a Mayor and 12 Councillors.

Rangitikei also has two Community Boards – one in Ratana and one in Taihape. They are elected every three years to make decisions and represent the needs and interests of their community. To be eligible to vote in the October 2016 elections you must be enrolled to vote – you will find everything you need to know on the Electoral Commission’s website – just follow this link: www.elections.org.nz.

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2017 New Zealander of the Year – Nominations Now Open

It’s time to get your nominations in for the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards. The annual Kiwibank Local Hero Award...

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2017 New Zealander of the Year – Nominations Now Open

It’s time to get your nominations in for the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Awards.

The annual Kiwibank Local Hero Awards provide a unique and special way to acknowledge the individuals who have made a positive difference in their community.

Nominations can be made by filling out the online form at www.nzawards.org.nz or by contacting 0508 692 927 for a brochure.

During November and December, special medal ceremonies will be held throughout New Zealand where these people get presented with medals in front of their friends and family, the Mayor, local politicians and other dignitaries.

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Launch of Accelerate25

On August 12 Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, and Māori Development M...

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Launch of Accelerate25

On August 12 Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell joined the Region’s leaders to launch the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan, known as Accelerate25, in Whanganui.

Following the Launch, Minister Guy visited the Glasgow’s property in Turakina, which was severely affected by the June 2015 flood event. There the Minister announced government funding of $465,000, set aside for primary sector initiatives, to aid in achieving the best use of land while achieving good environmental outcomes for landowners.

Other initiatives announced included investigating the potential of a rural water supply scheme for irrigation and stock water in Tutaenui and an economic evaluation of stock water reticulation in the hill country, looking at 11 sheep and cattle farms. Four of these farms are from the Manawatū-Whanganui Region.

The Action Plan is the blueprint for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region’s growing economy and includes a number of actions that Council’s across the Region will work on collaboratively to achieve regional prosperity, to find out more and view the new promotional video – Telling our Regional Story, which has images and video highlights from the Action Plan launch, visit www.accelerate25.co.nz.

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Mayor Welcomed 14 New Citizens

During August 14 new Samoan citizens were welcomed to the Rangitikei by Mayor Watson.

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Mayor Welcomed 14 New Citizens

During August 14 new Samoan citizens were welcomed to the Rangitikei by Mayor Watson.

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Council Meetings – September

13 September 2016 5.30pm - Bulls Community Committee meeting - Bulls Supper Room 15 September 2016 Assets/Infrastructure...

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Council Meetings – September


13 September 2016

5.30pm – Bulls Community Committee meeting – Bulls Supper Room


15 September 2016

Assets/Infrastructure Committee meeting – 9.30am – Council Chamber, 46 High Street, Marton

Policy/Planning Committee meeting – 1pm – Council Chamber, 46 High Street, Marton


21 September 2016

7pm – Marton Community Committee meeting – Youth Club, Humphrey Street, Marton


29 September 2016

Finance / Performance Committee meeting – 9.30am – Council Chamber, 46 High Street, Marton

Council meeting – 1pm – Council Chamber, 46 High Street, Marton

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District Plan Change – Notification of Decision

Council has adopted the decision by the Independent Commissioner on the District Plan Change 2016. The decision removes...

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District Plan Change – Notification of Decision

Council has adopted the decision by the Independent Commissioner on the District Plan Change 2016.

The decision removes the liquefaction, ground shaking, active fault and landslide hazard maps from the Plan, reduces rural side/rear building setbacks to 5 metres, makes other minor amendments to the natural hazard provisions and implements a number of changes to the heritage provisions which seek to increase clarity for future development.

The stricter of the provisions in the operative Plan and the proposed Plan Change are in effect from 27 August 2016. It is not until any appeals received are fully resolved (with any resulting amendments) and the Plan Change is made operative by Council, that the Plan Change provisions replace those in the operative District Plan.

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Update on Development of Council’s Facilities

Bulls Multi-purpose Facility A public meeting was held in August to outline to the Bulls community the draft designs for...

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Update on Development of Council’s Facilities


Bulls Multi-purpose Facility

A public meeting was held in August to outline to the Bulls community the draft designs for the new multi-purpose facility and give the community the opportunity to provide feedback. Around 110 people attended the meeting where Council’s architects presented the draft design and Mayor Andy Watson responded to questions. Formal feedback has now been received and is being considered as part of the next stage in the design process. While a number of submitters noted they liked the concept and the potential that the multi-purpose approach would provide the community, improvements were suggested. The common suggestions being:

  • increase the size of the hall to accommodate up to 300 people at events, in particular school events
  • increase the number of toilet facilities, including provision for baby changing facilities
  • provision of sufficient parking space to accommodate buses and campervans.

This valuable feedback will now be taken into account for the next stage in the design, including the possible impacts on project costs. It is hoped construction could start early next year but this is dependent on 70 per cent of the community funding being raised and 70 per cent of the external (non-Council) funding being obtained.


Council Secures Broadway/High Street Buildings

At the end of August the Council took over ownership of the three properties on the corner of Broadway and High Street – the old Cobbler, Davenport and Abraham & Williams properties – for the proposed new civic centre. Council plans to undertake an initial heritage assessment and concept development, which will focus on this site and the wider Broadway area. Heritage NZ have committed to working with Council on this project. The recent announcement by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage on funding for earthquake-prone heritage buildings provides a timely opportunity for Council and the Marton community. Proposed changes to the District Plan are intended to provide further flexibility in the future development and management of heritage buildings. In September a meeting will be held with central Marton property/business owners to make sure they are aware of these initiatives, and also have the opportunity to participate in shaping the future development of Marton.

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