Hauraki District Council
Plains Ward Committee
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE PLAINS WARD COMMITTEE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, WILLIAM STREET, PAEROA ON TUESDAY 11 AUGUST 2015 COMMENCING AT 10.00 AM
Crs G R Leonard (Chairperson), G A Harris, B A Gordon and D H Swales
Messrs S B Fabish (Community Services Manager), A De Laborde (Manager, Engineering Services) and Ms C Black (Council Secretary)
THAT the apology for absence of His Worship the Mayor, J P Tregidga be received and sustained.
PLWC15/27 Gordon/Harris CARRIED
There were no late items.
DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
There were no declarations.
CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES
THAT the minutes of the meeting of the Plains Ward Committee held on Tuesday 14 July 2015 are confirmed and are a true and correct record.
PLWC15/28 Swales/Harris CARRIED
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
Turua Domain – Freedom Camping Area
Councils Construction and Maintenance Business Unit has prepared a quote for mowing this area of the domain. The Community Services Manager will report back on this to the September meeting.
Hamish McLean – Proposal
Cr Leonard advised that she had met with Hamish McLean regarding his wifi proposal and advised that the proposal is work in progress.
Request for Mangatarata Community Public Meeting 2015
A meeting date will be set in the near future. The Mangatarata Reserve Committee is presently discussing more frequency of meetings.
Ngatea Netball Courts – Ponding
This matter will be investigated by Community Services staff as to how this issue can be addressed and will be reported to the meeting in September.
The Community Services monthly report on activities for the month of July 2015 was presented for the Committee’s consideration.
THAT the Community Services monthly report for July 2015 be received.
PLWC15/29 Harris/Swales CARRIED
Ward Social Initiatives
The Chairperson spoke on the Plains Ward initiative to assist with members of the farming community experiencing stress due to the recent low dairy pay out.
The members were advised that the Ward chair has been working with staff to invite proposed social support groups, dairy farm agencies and financial advisors who could assist in providing help to members of the farming community.
It has been proposed that a meeting of invited participants be held at the Paeroa Council office on a date to be confirmed and that an appropriate person is appointed to act as a facilitator to assist with this meeting.
A member also proposed that a ‘buddy’ system be considered where members of the farming community are supported individually by the support people.
Dudding Reserve Project
The Chairperson advised that Hauraki Plains College students are working on a concept plan for the Dudding Reserve area.
Upgrade of Ngatea Main Street/Town Gardens
Staff suggested that a field trip be taken by the Committee and appropriate staff to Morrinsville and other areas outside of the district to look at their established CBD gardens to gain ideas and suitable options for redesigning the gardens in the main street/CBD area of Ngatea.
The members supported this suggestion. A date will be advised.
A member stated that there are a number of areas in the main street which have ponding issues which need addressing. Staff will speak with Council’s Roading Manager to seek a solution to this issue.
A discussion was held regarding the general condition of the Waitakaruru community hall and the maintenance issues they face. Staff will advise the ward members on the arrangements in place for the targeted hall rate and its administration.
The meeting closed at 11.00am.
G R Leonard
15 September 2015