STAGE ONE OPEN
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’’.