Highlights from the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting 06 May 2013 From the meeting held on 6 May 2013 Community Board Minutes and Agenda To read the confirmed minutes for the last Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting on March 26 2013 take a look here. To read the full agenda for Tairua-Pauanui Community Board meeting on May 6 2013 take a look here. New Reserve At Slipper Island A newly vested Esplanade Reserve on Slipper Island off the coast of Pauanui provides a publicly accessible beach reserve on the island for the first time. Located at the southern end of Home Bay on the western side of the island, the reserve is 5700 sq m of beach and sand dune and will be available for landing by boaties. The newly vested reserve will be included in the Tairua-Pauanui Reserve Management Plan, which is currently under review. Other proposed changes to the reserve management plan include the establishment of additional areas for use by self-contained vehicles at beachfront reserves in both Tairua and Pauanui, and allowing for a restaurant or cafe building at Royal Billy Pt and South End Reserve in Pauanui. A full report on the proposals will go to the Tairua-Pauanui Community Board at its May meeting and anyone with good ideas for our reserves are welcome to submit their views. Consultation on the proposed changes to the reserve management plans starts on 17 May and runs to 16 July. The main changes proposed in the plan include: In Tairua: A proposal to allow for self-contained vehicles to camp overnight on the grass area behind the North End carpark at Tairua's Ocean Beach A proposal for self-contained overnight camping adjacent to campervan dump facility in Ocean Beach Road cnr Paku Dr The inclusion of additional management policies for Cory Park Domain, Tairua In Pauanui: A proposal to allow for self-contained overnight camping adjacent to the toilet block in Pleasant Point A proposal to allow for self-contained overnight camping adjacent to the wall in the beachfront carpark at Royal Billy Point A proposal to allow for self-contained overnight camping next to the toilet block at South End Reserve The inclusion of additional management policies for Surf Club Reserve to reflect the use of the Park. Reserve Management Plans provide direction for the day-to-day management of reserves, factors that impact upon these reserves and establish clear directions for future management and development where appropriate. If you have an opinion you'd like to share with us on reserves in the South East area be sure to have your say from May 17. Take a look on our website or give us a call on Ph 07 868 0200. Creative Writing Classes at Tairua Library Tairua Community Librarian, Emma Darragh-Heath has completed a Diploma in Creative Writing and has been able to use her skills to offer classes to children and adults in Tairua and Thames. These classes have been embraced by the schools and participants so she is now extending them to rest home residents in Tairua. This is in response to a request from the Activities Co-ordinator of Tairua Aged Care. Several residents had expressed interest in the Adult Writers Group, but it's not easy for these residents to leave their facility, and some don't leave at all so Emma is taking a versionof the workshop to them. The residents have been engaged and stimulated with staff reporting increased conversations after the classes. Emma co-ordinated the new Pepe Playground opening with Whangamata area office staff. A children's creative writing competition allowed the winner to officially open the playground at the ceremony as well as win a prize pack. A large display of community photos of Pepe Playground from the last 18 years was created and all images and creative writing entries were uploaded to Kete to ensure a digital record for the future. The Tairua Library has been very fortunate in receiving two donations totalling $1,000. 'Tairua Arts Group' donated $750 to purchase books on the arts. A further $250 was donated by a non-resident ratepayer as a thank you to the library for agreeing to purchase some books for the non-fiction collection at his request. Meanwhile the Pauanui Library continues to run with the help of 38 volunteers. With the help of a university student the library opened for double its normal time during the main part of the holiday. A second-hand book sale was also run over Easter to help raise funds. Calls for Care To Be Taken At Tairua Boat Ramp The boat ramp at the main Tairua wharf is causing concern for the Harbourmaster with a handful of vessels coming off trailers on a flooding tide and getting pushed under the main wharf. Tairua Harbourmaster Matt Collicott told the Community Board that some signage would be a good start to let unfamiliar users know about the risks of using the ramp. While in the area Mr Collicott has been verbally letting people knowabout the risks but because he is not there all the time he suggested signage would be helpful. Mr Collicott says locals launch from the ramp on the mud with their vessels' sterns facing to the current, which provide better ability to control their craft while both coming on and off trailers. Old St John Building To Become Sports Club The old St John building at Cory Park is to be refurbished and taken over by the Tairua Rugby and Sports Club. As part of this new agreement St John Tairua will walk away from the lease it previously held on the building and will pay a $15,000 release fee . This money will be used to refurbish the old building, so it is a sound and usable space for the Tairua Rugby and Sports Club. The Club has agreed to assist with the refurbishment and a variation of its existing lease to incorporate the old building. Council will retain the public toilet facility, which is part of the old building. St John moved to a new ambulance facility at the edge of Cory Park Domain in Tairua in 2011. Footpath Funding A recommended list of footpath construction priorities has been developed and been endorsed by the Community Board. The list has been developed using community feedback, availability of Ten Year Plan funding and thepriority list prepared by Opus International Consultants Limited previously endorsed by theBoard. While the attached list focuses on the next two years of priorities, a long term list of all footpaths will be retained. To read the list take a look here More Information To find out more about your Tairua-Pauanui Community Board members take a look here.