Waihi Leader - - News - By TR­ISH COATES

Dogs on the beach

Con­cerns were again raised on the is­sue of com­pli­ance re­gard­ing dogs on beaches and in camper­vans. The main con­cern was with dogs run­ning loose on the beach. The pub­lic wanted to know where the Con­trac­tor Watch­dog Ser­vices were based, and what were their hours of em­ploy­ment. The Board and Coun­cil staff ex­plained that al­though the con­trac­tor is based in Tau­ranga they would have staff based lo­cally for the pe­riod of the con­tract.

They said that if a prob­lem arose with dogs, park­ing or camper­vans, a call to the 0800 coun­cil num­ber would in­sti­gate an im­me­di­ate re­sponse. The con­cern raised was the length of time it took to re­solveis­sues if the con­trac­tor had to travel from Tau­ranga.

Archie Leach Re­serve

It was brought to the Com­mu­nity Board’s no­tice that trees were be­ing cut down in the re­serve and left ly­ing there. The Re­serves Man­ager had agreed to tidy up and do some work on the re­serve so that a com­mu­nity group could man­age it as an en­vi­ron­men­tal project. The chair­man said he would in­ves­ti­gate it.

Bridge up­grade

The pedes­trian bridge over the creek by the Beach Ho­tel is to be up­graded Af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the road­ing en­gi­neer, it was pro­posed that de­signs for a new bridge go out for ten­der.

De­vel­op­ment fund

The Board had re­quested a full his­toric break­down of the Town Cen­tre De­vel­op­ment Fund. Coun­cil staff replied it would be avail­able at the next Board meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary. The dis­cus­sion then cen­tred on how the Beach was to move for­ward. Com­ment was made that peo­ple have “had their say” many times over the last 12 months and now they would like to know ex­actly what was com­ing out of all that data and when any­thing was go­ing to hap­pen. Coun­cil­lor Wil­liams sug­gested a good op­tion was for the Board to hire a con­sul­tant to gather to­gether all the data and come back with a con­cept for all of Waihi Beach, in­clud­ing Athen­ree and Bowen­town, not just the town cen­tre The project would be funded by the Com­mu­nity Board and the amount of $25,000 was put for­ward as an ini­tial fig­ure.

Athen­ree Ac­tion Group

The group has grown in strength and num­bers and achieved some pos­i­tive re­sults. Two man­grove work­ing bees in the last month have cleared a huge part of the har­bour. One school bus shel­ter has been ren­o­vated and up­graded and the other old one has been turned into a food ex­change stall which has been well sup­ported by the com­mu­nity.

Coun­cil­lor’s Re­port

Coun­cil­lor Wil­liams re­ported that road safety im­prove­ments cost­ing $100 mil­lion are set for State High­way 2 from Waihi to moko­roa, but the Katikati by­pass is again on the very back burner. Katikati Boat Club has bought a con­tainer to use for boat stor­age. This was a joint Coun­cil/ Com­mu­nity project. The debt level of the Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil has dropped from $7000 per ratepayer seven years ago to $5500 last year and will drop fur­ther this year. The coun­cil now has an AA rat­ing. Western Bay and Tau­ranga coun­cils are in dis­cus­sion on re-draw­ing a boundary which would mean some of Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil changed to Tau­ranga coun­cil.

En­trance to Waihi Beach

The Board is fed up with the con­stant bat­tle to get the en­trance­way down to the round­about main­tained. The area was up­graded about six years ago and plant­ings with a value of $10,000 were as­signed to the area.

Most of those plants have since died and the area is not be­ing main­tained. The Board dis­cussed scrub­bing plant­ings and just mow­ing it, or re­plant­ing with sus­tain­able plants. The Board de­cided to get some­one lo­cal with ex­per­tise to as­sess the site and plan for an up­grade.

Up­grade at dam site

The Board, to­gether with Re­serves staff, have agreed to re­lo­cate the Wil­son Road Ex­eloo toi­let ad­ja­cent to the old de­pot build­ing and install a con­crete foot­path from the bridge to the build­ings. Pro­vi­sion is be­ing made for a lo­cal artist to paint a mu­ral, with bike stands, seat­ing and an area for a fu­ture bar­be­cue.

Speed limit changes

Pro­posed changes for speed lim­its at the Beach in­clude Steele Rd to Ko­tunui Rd down to 50km, Waihi Beach Pri­mary school zone down to 40km, Seaforth Road 100km area down to 50k from Pio Shores to Al­ba­core Ave. Wil­son Road from Cit­rus Ave to Seaforth Rd down from 50km to 30km.

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