October WMRA meeting recap

A light turnout of committee members this evening, but with plenty on the agenda, Jeff was eager to get the meeting started. The following summarises the topics discussed during the evening.

Water Fountain
Peter Stafford has now relocated the water fountain from its former home at the intersection of West Melton and Weedons Ross Roads. Repairs to the fountain are now under-way. The WMRA agreed to extend funding of this project to $2,000 (ex GST).

Neighbours week
Bruce announced the Selwyn District Council’s Neighbours Week for 2014, being the week of October 24. He encouraged others to set up their own street parties and similar events, reiterating that the council will fund such events, usually to the tune of $100 for food and drink etc. The process this year is to run the event, then apply for remittance using receipts afterwards. It’s a good idea to seek approval for your event first – community@selwyn.govt.nz.

Defence training
Bruce wanted to remind people that the NZ Defence Force is entering a training phase. While based in Burnham, the army will be making greater use of the West Melton Army Rifle Range during this period. The NZ Army has been running regular advertisements through local sources to raise awareness of this. Bruce reiterated how large ammunitions now tested and trained in Tekapo instead of West Melton.

Special Public Meeting

The WMRA have decided to progress the community patrols initiative by holding a public meeting to discuss the possible implementation of such scheme for the town and district. Held in the West Melton Community Centre on Wednesday November 19 at 7:30, this meeting will include guests from Community Patrols NZ.

Ball & Shindig Shuttles

Both the West Melton Black Tie Ball and The Great Westie Shindig will now include a complimentary taxi service home.

Sunday Celebrations

This Sunday October 26, the 150th celebrations will be continuing with several community events, including church services, a Commemorative service and a sport & recreation fun day.

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