Otago Peninsula Community Board Update

Otago Peninsula Community Board Update

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

Roading updates:

  • ♦ 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

Other updates

  • ♦ 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!

Christine Garey

Chairperson OPCB


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