Cuppa and a chat is a suc­cess for Board

Bush Telegraph - - News - BY CHRIS­TINE MCKAY

When mem­bers of the Dan­nevirke Com­mu­nity Board de­cided they needed to lift their pro­file and learn more about the com­mu­nity they rep­re­sent, they didn’t ex­pect such a great re­sponse.

Board mem­ber Kim Spooner sug­gested a cof­fee morn­ing at Dan­nevirke’s Red Sky Cafe and backed by the rest of the board, a meet and greet was held for the first time last Tues­day.

“The re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic,” Kim said. “I’m tick­led pink by the suc­cess.”

Fel­low board mem­ber Pat Wal­she said the com­mu­nity of Dan­nevirke had put the board in place to do a job.

“So we’re get­ting on with it.” Jinny Kean has been liv­ing in Dan­nevirke since Fe­bru­ary last year and was pre­vi­ously the chap­lin at Welling­ton Hospi­tal and she went along to the meet­ing with Ruth Ussher.

“I love liv­ing in Dan­nevirke,” she said.

“I’ve spent most of my life in Auck­land and Welling­ton and this sort of get to­gether is per­sonal and great,” she said.

The cof­fee morn­ing was a chance for peo­ple to air their is­sues.

“You feel happy when some­one lis­tens,” said Lor­raine Martin, who, along with hus­band Alden, owns Dan­nevirke’s Gate­way Mo­tel. Alden said the cou­ple wanted to make board mem­bers aware of the prob­lems they’ve had with road noise and traf­fic speed on State High­way 2 along­side their mo­tel at the south­ern end of Dan­nevirke.

“We’ve spent $35,000 on a fence to re­duce road noise,” Alden said. “Trucks are the worse when it comes to speed prob­lems.”

Com­mu­nity board mem­ber, Pat Wal­she, said he had taken the cou­ple’s con­cerns to the road safety com­mit­tee and was hop­ing a new 50km/hr sign would be go­ing up soon.

“The trou­ble is when mo­torists hit the top of the hill go­ing south, they see the 70km/ hr sign up ahead and they’re gone,” he said.

Com­mu­nity board chair­man Ross Mac­Don­ald said it was up to the po­lice to put a cam­era car on that sec­tion of high­way.

“The only de­ter­rent is to hit mo­torists in the pocket,” he said.

Steven Bray, who runs Steve’s Tuck Shop on High St, close to two churches, ex­pressed con­cerns about fu­neral-go­ers park­ing long-term in the two spa­ces di­rectly in front of his busi­ness.

“They can park for up to an hour,” he said. “I’ve spo­ken with the NZ Trans­port Agency, which directed me to Tararua District Coun­cil and their Al­liance group. I was then told this was a com­mu­nity board prob­lem,” he said.

Steven is now work­ing again with NZTA on the prob­lem.

“There is nowhere in the Tararua District with five or 10-minute park­ing signs,” he said. “That’s what I need, but I feel as though I’ve hit a brick wall. To me it would be com­mon­sense not to park there.”

Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Terry Hynes said a 10-minute park­ing limit sign makes sense and Mr Mac­Don­ald ac­knowl­edged that when peo­ple are trav­el­ling south into Dan­nevirke, if there are no park­ing spa­ces im­me­di­ately out­side the premises, they weren’t go­ing to stop.

■ The Com­mu­nity Board, the pub­lic face of the district coun­cil in the north­ern ward, will trial the Tues­day cof­fee morn­ings at the Red Sky Cafe, com­menc­ing at 10.30am.

PHOTO/CHRIS­TINE MCKAY

LOR­RAINE, left and Alden Martin, own­ers of Dan­nevirke’s Gate­way Mo­tel, with Ross Mac­Don­ald, Com­mu­nity Board chair­man at the first meet and greet cof­fee morn­ing on Tues­day.

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