Otago Peninsula Community Board Update
Calling for nominations for the Community Board
The Community Board needs you! Nominations close this Friday 12th August at noon and we need people to put themselves forward for the Otago Peninsula Community Board. Please consider standing for election or encourage someone else to stand. We need a range of candidates for voters to choose from. If you are interested and want to know what is involved – please contact myself or one of the OPCB members urgently. Also, don’t forget to enrol to vote – deadline this Friday!
Local Government Election 2016
12th August – Nominations close 12 noon, electoral rolls close
16th-21st Sept – Voting papers delivered (voting is by postal vote)
8th Oct – Voting closes 12 noon
- ♦ Highcliff Rd near Seal Pt Rd (aka Two car slip): contractor and programme of works due to be announced this week
- ♦ package of four slip repairs at Highcliff Rd at Sandymount/Seven Devils/ Soldiers Monument/ Hatchery Rd: tender documents out in next fortnight
- ♦ Portobello/Harington Pt Road Safety Improvement Project – successful tenderer for professional services is expected to be announced in the coming fortnight. The Board has been advised that physical works will begin in March 2017
- ♦ damage to the sea wall edging: the Board has advised Council that this unsightly damage needs to be addressed, at the latest before the beginning of the summer season
- ♦ Te Rauone: Port Otago recently engaged engineering firm Beca to review the project as part of the process toward lodging the resource consent. Port Otago’s Board has stated it is fully committed to a positive outcome for this project. The OPCB commends and supports the considerable efforts by Te Rauone Beach Coast Care Committee to get the very best outcome for our community and has the OPCB’s full support
- ♦ the Board has identified the already consented and partially formed ramp (adjacent to the Portobello jetty & part of Stage 3 of the jetty development) as a priority for the community and is currently exploring ways to achieve its completion as soon as possible
- ♦ the Board has been lobbying ORC for five years to have a named, full time harbour master for Otago Harbour – this process is now underway
- ♦ remnants of old sand sausages have found their way onto Peninsula beaches. While measures have been put in place to prevent it getting in the water, if you do come across any of this material on our Peninsula beaches, please phone Council 4774000 urgently, so that this material can be removed immediately
- ♦ the Board continues to lobby Government and Chorus directly re continued delays in the announcement about which areas will receive Rural Broadband
- ♦ the Board is continuing dialogue with relevant agencies over expected growth this upcoming season in visitor numbers and therefore, visitor drivers. Prevention first is the message we are taking to all agencies involved, rather than waiting for a tragedy to occur. There is still work to be done on this and each of us needs to play our part as we welcome visitors to the Peninsula. However, if you witness poor driving by anyone, local or visitor, calling *555 from your cell phone is still the best way to report it.
Next meeting: Thursday 11th August 10am Portobello Bowling Club (final meeting in the triennium)
Keep warm and travel safely!