Town facelift drafted

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Plans are in mo­tion to give two widely used sec­tions of Mangakino a facelift.

The town may get a more use­able lake­front and a re­vi­talised town cen­tre with plans to do up the ar­eas and make the lake­front more ac­ces­si­ble.

Taupo Dis­trict Coun­cil parks and open spa­ces man­ager John Ridd said staff were still in the con­cept stage for both projects.

‘‘Dis­cus­sions with af­fected and in­ter­ested par­ties and the Manga- kino Pouakani Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Group are on­go­ing.’’

The group re­viewed the in­for­ma­tion on the two projects re­cently, but a time frame has not been fi­nalised.

‘‘No time line has been set for ei­ther project al­though more de­tailed pro­pos­als should be avail­able early [in] 2013,’’ he said.

Mr Ridd also said the coun­cil bud­geted $203,000 over two years for the two projects.

‘‘The 150-me­tre stretch of lake­front is down the true left of the lake start­ing from the south­ern- most point of the ex­ist­ing de­vel­oped re­serve.’’

He said the de­vel­op­ment of the stretch would pri­mar­ily be about pro­tect­ing the lake from ero­sion and re­mov­ing pest species of plants so peo­ple had ac­cess to more space.

How­ever, the Mangakino town cen­tre de­vel­op­ment would fur­ther en­hance the ex­ist­ing town cen­tre.

The con­cept is to es­tab­lish an area for con­gre­gat­ing and play­ing for youth, with a shady area for seat­ing, and to en­hance the area with plant­ing and green­ery.

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