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The first stage of a mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar up­grade of Queen St in Rich­mond opened last week­end. Orig­i­nally ear­marked to be com­pleted mid-May, stage one of the six-stage project runs from Glad­stone Rd to Noel Leem­ing and in­cludes a newly in­stalled round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Queen St and McIn­doe Place. Work is still un­der way on stage two, from Noel Leem­ing to the Cam­bridge St in­ter­sec­tion, and has started on stage three, from Cam­bridge St past Sun­dial Square.


Four days of ac­tiv­i­ties to com­mem­o­rate the 375th an­niver­sary of the first en­counter be­tween Maori and Dutch ex­plorer Abel Jan­szoon Tas­man are planned for De­cem­ber 2017, not De­cem­ber 2018 as re­ported last week in The Leader. The er­ror is re­gret­ted.


The an­nounce­ment this week of a $7 mil­lion Gov­ern­ment grant for the pro­posed Waimea dam is a ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone’’ for the project and the re­gion, says in­terim project di­rec­tor John Hut­ton. En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter and Nel­son MP Nick Smith an­nounced the $7m grant on Tues­day as part of a plan to dis­trib­ute $44m na­tion­ally in the first tranche of fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment’s $100m Fresh­wa­ter Im­prove­ment Fund. Hut­ton said the grant ‘‘speaks to the part­ner­ship as­pect that is driv­ing this project: the dam is the only op­tion that im­proves river health, at­tracts cen­tral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing, and has pri­vate-sec­tor fund­ing that pays for nearly half of the con­struc­tion costs’’.

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