$10,000 in grants reached by board

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The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board cleaned out its coffers with a grant of $567.19 to the Progress of Waikouaiti Area group at its meeting last week.

This brought the total of Project Fund grants distributed by the board in the 2018-19 financial year to $10,000.

Other groups awarded grants in the past year were: Waikouaiti Riding for the Disabled ($2000), Waikouaiti District Museum ($1500), Waitati Music Festival ($700), Blueskin History Steering Committee ($1000), Karitane Bowling Club ($951.91), Blueskin News ($662.40), Waikouaiti Wastebusters ($850), Flowers ($103.50), Blueskin Youth & Community Amenities Association ($1265), Hawksbury Lagoon Inc ($400).

At its public forum, the board heard an update from the Blueskin Recreational Access Group on its progress in establishing walking tracks in the area, and the Blueskin Bay Watch group spoke about work on protecting properties in the area from the effects of climate change.

In an extended public forum, local resident Ralph Lawrence highlighted growing issues with traffic in the Waitati area, due to new housing developments and freedom camping.

He urged the board to lobby for a 30kmh speed limit in key Waitati streets.

Working through its action list, the board noted that progress was being made towards improving the issue of insufficient water available for firefighting at Michies Crossing, Doctors Point Rd and Warrington.

Board chairman Alasdair Morrison told members two 30,000-litre water tanks were planned for Michies Crossing, and another two 30,000-litre tanks for Warrington.

Mr Morrison also said progress was being made by the DCC’s 3 Waters division towards repairing the Karitane Spit using interwoven natural substances.

The board also discussed the ongoing work to install new public toilets at Waitati, which were finally starting to take shape.

overhanging vegetation on State Highway 1 between Waikouaiti and Dunedin, and also the need for footpath maintenance in Warrington, Karitane and Waikouaiti.

Mr Morrison reported that road repairs had been done on slumped areas of Coast Rd, between Evansdale and Karitane, and expressed the hope that these would last, given the unstable nature of the area.

In her report to the board, Keep Dunedin Beautiful representative Mandy Mayhem relayed a list of local groups and individuals she had nominated for Keep Dunedin Beautiful Awards, which will be announced this week.