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July 6, 2020 July 2020 No Comments

It’s mid-winter, and we have just had the shortest day on the 21st June. Usually, Martinborough is relatively quiet from a tourist perspective, but town seems to be continuing as if it is the summer holidays!

In Council, things have been just as busy, with the Annual Plan consultation process and the upcoming adoption of the Annual Plan on the 30th. The plan should start fixing the issues we encounter every day in running an efficient Council, and getting a grip on infrastructure investment and resilience.

The Martinborough Manganese Reduction Plant has been installed and will be commissioned and operational by the start of summer. We, therefore, shouldn’t see the same level of water restrictions as we did last summer, although water conservation will continue to be a priority for our district, and region, as we all strive to act sustainably. The current bores and treatment plant are only a temporary solution until a permanent deep bore can be investigated. 

The Pain Farm repairs and refurbishments are well underway, the property being brought up to an acceptable condition that befits its value to the community. The Community Board voted on splitting the rental of the two dwellings onsite to maximise the return to the community. In addition, a review of all other income will be progressed via the Community Board to ensure proceeds of the bequest are correct.

SWDC is proposing trialling a new coastal protection concept to safeguard the roads along Cape Palliser. This new Eco Reef looks to have lots of benefits given the continued washing away of boulder protection, if it works. Hopefully The Star will keep you updated on the plan and its implementation.

We are setting up a Martinborough Tree Group to advise the Community Board on recommended plantings over the course of the year, and to ensure they are being implemented. This would meet only twice a year, once to set out a schedule, and then a review meeting on progress. If you want to be involved on this group, please email me on themayor@swdc.govt.nz with the intention of a first meeting in early August.

I can confirm a ‘Lessons Learned’ overview of the Waihenga Centre project will be undertaken starting July. An independent reviewer will be engaged for this work.

I think that’s all from me – more updates next month.

Keep well  Mayor Alex

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