$60,000 boost for grand­stand pro­ject

Te Puke Times - - News - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER [email protected]­times.co.nz

Pro­ce­dures and pro­to­cols meant the cart had to be put be­fore the horse at last week’s Te Puke Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing.

Te Puke Sports’ grand­stand pro­ject co­or­di­na­tor Rick Han­nay had spo­ken at a pre­vi­ous com­mu­nity board meet­ing ask­ing the board to con­sider mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­ject to build a grand­stand at Mur­ray Salt sta­dium us­ing seats from Christchurch’s Lan­caster Park.

He was at last week’s meet­ing to thank the board for their con­tri­bu­tion, but pro­ce­dure meant he was only able to speak in the pub­lic fo­rum ahead of the for­mal meet­ing — be­fore the board had made a de­ci­sion on his ear­lier re­quest.

He had no choice but to an­tic­i­pate a pos­i­tive re­sponse.

“I just want to give a vote of thanks to the com­mu­nity board of their sup­port of Te Puke Sports’ pro­ject,” he said.

“If the board sup­ports it, this is the cat­a­lyst for a very big pro­ject — I don’t think there has been as am­bi­tious a pro­ject by any sports club in Te Puke.”

Later in the meet­ing the board agreed to con­trib­ute $60,000 from its re­serve fund to­wards the pro­ject and also to strongly rec­om­mend to Western Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil that it tops up that con­tri­bu­tion with $40,000 of its own.

■ Not for the first time, Te Puke Com­mu­nity Board is to ask Western Bay of Plenty Dis­trict Coun­cil to con­sider the op­tions to pro­hibit the park­ing of heavy ve­hi­cles in ur­ban streets in Te Puke.

“The prob­lem is still a con­cern to the board and as it has in­di­cated in the past, this is a se­ri­ous safety is­sue par­tic­u­larly around Dun­lop Rd and Ray­mond Ave,” chair­man Peter Miller wrote in his re­port to last week’s meet­ing.

Dur­ing the pub­lic fo­rum coun­cil­lor Mike Lally said it was not ac­cept­able that a truck could be parked in a dan­ger­ous lo­ca­tion all night. He also said trucks’ en­gines start­ing in the early hours of the morn­ing was not fair on neigh­bours.

“In Tau­ranga they have a by­law but they don’t have peo­ple rush­ing around giv­ing out tick­ets — that only hap­pens when peo­ple com­plain,” he said.

“If they are in a dan­ger­ous place and some­body gets hurt, who does the re­spon­si­bil­ity fall on?” he asked.

“Not the com­mu­nity board be­cause you have brought it up time and again.”

Peter said he was ask­ing for the is­sue to be brought up at next year’s Western Bay Dis­trict Coun­cil an­nual park­ing and by­law re­view.

■ Te Puke will have a Christ­mas tree at the east­ern en­trance to the town — with the com­mu­nity board putting its hand in its pock­ets to make it hap­pen.

At last week’s meet­ing the board agreed to a grant of $1200 to put up the tree — which is iden­ti­cal to the one out­side the for­mer rail­way sta­tion on the western en­trance to the town.

The tree has been stored in the Te Puke Me­mo­rial Hall and was last week given a fresh coat of paint ahead of it be­ing put up later this week.

The com­mu­nity board also agreed to a grant of $2000 to pay for the paint­ing of the tree and to pro­vide wheels for a pi­ano to be kept at Te Puke Li­brary.

The wheels are to al­low it to be moved to the front of the li­brary so it can be avail­able for any­one to play.

Chair­man Peter Miller said such pi­anos have proved to be pop­u­lar in other towns. “It fits the cri­te­ria in my view. It is of com­mu­nity ben­e­fit and will put Te Puke on the map.”

■ The pro­vi­sion of two rub­bish bins in Beatty Ave has been de­layed due to pro­duc­tion prob­lems.

Beatty Ave res­i­dent James Tawhara told the meet­ing the lit­ter lev­els in the street were “as­tro­nom­i­cal”.

He said it was good that progress was be­ing made with the in­stal­la­tion of the two bins and won­dered if Te Puke High School could do more by in­stalling rub­bish bins at the school gates.

“It’s seven days and seven nights a week from the do­main to the school gates.”

He said he won­dered whether two bins would be enough.

“There is all man­ner of glass, plas­tics and pa­per.”

He also sug­gested more bins could be paid for by fast food sell­ers such as Mcdon­ald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut who could then have their brand­ing on them.

“It would be a good thing for those busi­nesses to get be­hind.”

Chair­man Peter Miller said the fast food shops were aware of the prob­lem and that staff from Mcdon­ald’s do a “sweep” of the street.

For more from the com­mu­nity board meet­ing see page 11.

From left, Alan Vick­ers, Grant Dally and Peter Miller sand­ing and paint­ing the Christ­mas tree that is to be in­stalled at the east­ern en­trance to Te Puke.

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