April WMRA meeting recap

It was another lively and well-attended Residents Association meeting, with plenty on the agenda to discuss, from ANZAC day to new shopping centres.

We’re very pleased to hold West Melton’s second ANZAC day service this Monday April 25.  The ceremony will be kick off 10am at West Melton School, or in the Community Centre if wet.  We ask that the public gather from 9:45 on the school’s main netball court.  We’re finalising the programme right now which is set to include a cuppa afterwards.

Rates changes
Mark spoke about the district-wide rates changes, with reference to the new water rate setup, a new large park in Rolleston and new footpaths.

Skate park
Mark presented a proposal put forward by a West Melton teenager for a skate park to be built in the town.  The case was made on the basis of a gap in activities for young adults in the town, citing the support of youth parks in other Selwyn towns.  The proposal encouraged lively discussion, with the committee adopting the position of ‘supporting the principle’.

Tim spoke about the West Melton Scholarship which had been awarded to Rebecca Henderson, a final year student at Otago University studying towards a Batchelor of Physical Education.  Tim reported how the committee thought the standard of applicants was particularly high, making this decision rather difficult.  Congratulations Rebecca!

New Community Centre
Bruce spoke about proceedings with the new community centre, explaining how an old sheep dip must be exhumed to enable works on the site.  Tenders for the hall should go out in August / September.  A flier will be issued to all WM households shortly.

Groundwater levels
Sarah spoke about the council’s concern for groundwater levels in our area.  Sarah showed graphs of local monitoring wells, clearly indicating the complete lack of water recharge since last winter.  Sarah warned that if no significant water recharge occurred this winter, then serious water restrictions would be unavoidable.  This raised discussion around policing of these policies, and water saving tips for the community.

Supermarket & shopping centre on SH73
This topic triggered lively discussion & debate, based on an ‘unfavourable’ finding on a Section-42A by the council.  Official word on progress with this development is expected soon.  For now it’s a case of wait and see.