Hawea Community Association Public Meeting
Saturday 11th January 2014
PRESENT: 52 List appended.
APOLOGIES: Ron & Chris Sasse, John Taylor, Judith & Ian Shawe, Jimmy Cotter, Jane & Ian Forsyth, Ross McCrobie, Marty Black, Jude Battson, G&D Ballantyne, Michael Johnson.
Dennis Hughes moved the apologies be accepted. AGREED
Dennis Hughes (Chair) welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced key people from the wider community (Lyal Cocks, Deputy Mayor QLDC; Craig Blake, Launch Warden for Lakes Hawea & Wanaka; Liz Horrell, Chair of the Hawea Community Centre Committee; Rachel Brown, Chair of the Wanaka Community Board, and Nikki Holmes, Coordinator of Hawea Community Support) and members of the Hawea Community Council (Sue Rutherford, Don Robertson, Doug Brenssell, Errol Carr, Ian Rae, and David Sherwin)
Special thanks given to Errol & Colleen Carr for their work on the ‘What’s on in Hawea’ newsletter, a timely and very useful communication for the Hawea community.
An agenda was presented as follows:
Financial Report – Ian Rae
Night Sky presentation – Richard Prout
Future projects – group work to generate ideas / suggestions
Neighbourhood Support presentation – Nicky Holmes
Defibrillator update – Ian Rae
Gladstone Gap update – Dennis Hughes
Issues & concerns from the floor.
FINANCIAL REPORT – Ian Rae
Ian Rae outlined the three main areas of income for HCA funds:
1. Subscriptions – at 31st July 2012 this amount was $1,525.00. To date we have reached $1,700. This reflects efforts by Errol Carr to introduce an invoice system. Donations – $410.00 this year.
2. Green Waste – $7,000 last year. To date $4,000.
3. QLDC Grant – $5,000 subject to application. $1,000 max allocation for administration $4,000 for projects.
Current projects include:
1. Green Waste
2. Foreshore Project – Beautification of the foreshore assisted by the Thursday Group.
Ian Rae highlighted some of the suggestions for future projects which HCA have committed some funds towards, these include:
1. Toilet at John Creek
2. Bike Park on the corner of Noema Tce and Domain Rds
3. Notice board outside Sailz Café and Bar
4. History of the area
5. Beautification & Information Point at The Neck, in conjunction with Ngai Tahu
Questions from the addressed:
1. The financial year closes 31st July annually
2. Subscription forms will include internet details for on-line banking. Names must be included to avoid confusion.
Ian Rae moved that the Treasurers Report be adopted. AGREED
COMMUNITY CENTRE REPORT – Liz Horrell
Liz Horrell explained that the Lake Hawea Community Centre is community funded and not in receipt of a QLDC grant; therefore promotion of its availability as a function room is paramount to cover the running costs. The long term plan is to eventually be self funding, but until then fund raising will continue.
A ‘Wedding Venue’ brochure has been produced and publically available.
Pricing for other types of functions is available from Liz Horrell and will be advertised through the ‘Whats On in Hawea’ newsletter and on the community centre website www.lakehaweacommunitycentre.co.nz
Future fund raising events include:
• 4WD Trip Sunday 19th January Mt Grand and Lake Hawea Station. Register with Geoff Hewson 443 2262 or firstname.lastname@example.org $100 per vehicle
• Lake Hawea Duck Race. In conjunction with the 4WD Trip. $10 entry ticket.
• Speaker Night late April early May – Peter Waddell, chief technician for the Winter Games and Richard Sidey Photographer.
• Quiz Nights
• House & Garden Tour November
• Mid Winter Pot Luck Dinner
A sub group of the community centre committee is the ‘Fundraising Committee’. This group is open to new members who want to be involved without having to attend monthly committee meetings. Contact Liz Horrell for more information.
FUTURE PROJECTS – Dennis Hughes
Dennis Hughes presented forward looking suggestions from the executive committee, these include:
Meals on Wheels, curb & channeling, entrance to town, bike park, Hawea history, boat ramp in the upper lake area, notice board at Sailz Café.
NIGHT SKY – video presentation by Richard Prout.
Richard Prout discussed the importance and significance of our magnificnet night sky and then shared information about the pros and cons of street lighting in Hawea as it impacts on our ability to see the night sky. He asked that we be vigilant when new subdivisions are developed and advocate for the use of low energy, white, down-shaded LED street lighting.
At the conclusion of Richard’s presentation Dennis welcomed comment from the meeting. Dennis indicated that the protection of our night sky views is a project that the HCA will likely commit to.
The meeting split into 4 groups and discussion followed around ideas for future projects and any issues / concerns members of the public might have and would like to bring to the attention of HCA for consideration for future action. These collective ideas were recorded and will be reviewed at the next HCA executive meeting.
NEIGHBOURHOOD SUPPORT – Nicky Holmes coordinator of Hawea Neighbourhood Support. Apologies from Mike Johnson, Community Policing
Nikki Holmes, Hawea Neighbourhood Support coordinator spoke to the meeting. She introduced the idea of Neighbourhood Support in our area. This national organisation, along with the police, supports the project and provides resources/information free of charge.
Street contacts have been established for ‘hubs’ on: Sam John Place – Jude Battson, Marg Googer -Noema Tce, part of Lakeview Tce – John Taylor, John Creek Alison & Neil.
Mike Johnson will put up signs in areas where hubs are established.
Four possible scenarios were discussed. The question was asked, ‘How would your Street Contact be able to help you?’ The key point being, know your neighbours.
A support committee has been formed of Nicky, Liz English, Mike Johnson, Judith Shawe.
If you are interested in being a Street Contact for your area, contact Nicky for further information.
GLADSTONE GAP UPDATE – Dennis Hughes
Dennis provided a brief update noting that Contact Energy have installed water supply for trickle irrigation to two clusters of shade & shelter trees to be planted in the autumn. The HCA will supply two substantial truck loads of mulch. Contact Energy will provide and install picnic furniture in consultation with HCA. There are no rubbish bins in the plan emphasizing that this is a semi-wilderness area and that users are expected to bring their rubbish out. Dennis concluded by explaining that for the time being this remains an area that people access by foot or by bike.
DEFIBRILLATOR PROJECT – Ian Rae
The new defibrillator will be installed on the outside of the Lake Hawea Community Centre, facing the bowling green. The project was funded by Central Lakes Trust, Lake Hawea Hotel Fishing Competition, Lake Hawea Bowling Club and HCA. Operational costs will be covered by HCA. Funding is available for training two groups of volunteers in the use of the defibrillator. This will involve 1.5hrs course covering CPR. Interested members of the public can contact Ian Rae for a place on this course.
MATTERS FROM THE FLOOR
• Dogs on the Foreshore. A high number of dogs, loose, on the foreshore and tracks have been causing a nuisance to other lake and track users. This is a matter of ongoing education.
• In response to a question from the floor about animals grazing along the lake frontage Richard Burdon spoke to the meeting about his responsibilities as a farmer. He explained the new limits to nutrient levels such as nitrates in streams, lakes and aquifers and to his progress fencing off waterways, noting that by far most of his property’s lake frontage is now fenced. Dennis concluded this particular discussion by thanking Richard for his participation in the meeting commenting that the entire community now shares a heightened awarness of the importance of caring for our precious lake and alpine environments. He further commented that the HCA will keep the twin matters of clean air and clean water under the spotlight and will work at establishing supportive relationships with both farmers and recreational users of our hinterlands.
• The boil water restriction has been lifted and Hawea water is considered safe.
• Freedom camping is controlled around QLDC land, but further up the lake, on LINZ land, is still an ongoing problem.
Dennis Hughes thanked all for attendance, meeting closed at 11.35am.