Strath Taieri Community Board



Confirmed minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Strath Taieri Community Board held in the Strath Taieri Community Centre, Middlemarch on Thursday 19 April 2018, commencing at 2.00 pm





Barry Williams


Deputy Chairperson

Joan Wilson



Mike Lord

David Frew


Jacinta Stevenson

Mark O'Neill




Sharon Bodeker (Team Leader Civic), Richard Saunders (Group Manager Transport)


Governance Support Officer       Sharon Bodeker



1       Public Forum

1.1   Rod McLeod


Mr McLeod, a retired civil engineer, spoke about the Sutton Bridge.  He advised that during his employment with the DCC in the 1990’s, he was responsible for the maintenance of the Sutton suspension bridge. 


He asked that a new bridge be built in the same manner as the original bridge, with stonework from the piers recycled.  Specific design should life the deck to help mitigate flooding issues. 


Mr McLeod asked the community board to support a suspension bridge rebuild. 


1.2   Project Steam - Richard Emerson & Clark McCarthey


Richard Emerson and Clark McCarthey addressed the meeting concerning Project Steam.  A summary of their presentation is presented below.

Mr Emerson and Mr McCarthey talked about their work restoring an historical steam locomotive, the Prospector.  Once fully restored, they wish to run it on the original train line, where it could meet the Taieri Gorge Train.  Over 21,000 voluntary hours have been worked on restoring the engine to date.  The main components of the train are stored in Canterbury.  The restorers would like to have a permanent place in the Middlemarch yard for the train and its restoration.  Mr Emerson and Mr McCarthey would like assistance from the community board to do work in Middlemarch. 


A lot of new parts have been built for the train, but the main job now is the boiler, estimated to cost around $300,000. 


Mr Emerson and Mr McCarthey are seeking a letter of support from the Community board, which would assist with applying for funding, and getting support from Dunedin rail. 



2       Apologies

An apology was received from Norma Emerson.


3       Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Mr Mark O'Neill/Member David Frew):

That the Board:


Confirms the agenda, with item C1 being brought forward to be considered prior to the Governance Support Officers report.




4       Declarations of interest

Members were reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arose between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.



Moved (Chair Barry Williams/Member David Frew):

That the Board:


a)     Notes/Amends if necessary the Elected Members' Interest Register attached as Attachment A; and

b)     Confirms/Amends the proposed management plan for Elected Members' Interests.


5       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1    Strath Taieri Community Board meeting - 8 March 2018


Moved (Member David Frew/Member Mike Lord):

That the Board:


Confirms the public part of the minutes of the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting held on 8 March 2018 as a correct record.









Part A Reports

6       Enterprise Dunedin Update


Staff from Enterprise Dunedin were in attendance and provided an update on their activities including, film, GigCity and Rural Broadband.



Fraser Liggett introduced Antony Deaker and Lesley Marriot to the Community Board.  Mr Liggett spoke to his presentation that was handed out to the Board. 


Mr Deaker spoke about the opportunities for film production and requests made for certain landscapes, which Middlemarch could provide.  Mr Deaker would like to establish a working relationship with the Community Board, to assist with locations and keeping the community informed about what is happening if filming were to take place in the area. 


Ms Marriot talked about GigCity and the roll out of fast broad band.  The rural broad band initiative work is being done at the top end of the Strath Taieri area during 2017/18, and there are plans to go through the middle section of Strath Taieri during 2018/19, and through the lower end in 2020/21. 



Moved (Member Mike Lord/Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Enterprise Dunedin April 2018 update.


7       Funding Applications


Consideration was given to funding applications from the Taieri Pipe Band and the Lee Stream School.  $5, 920.00 remains in the Project Fund of $10,000.00. 

The Taieri Pipe Band asked for $310.00 for the provision of transport for the Pipe Band, instruments and members to attend the Anzac Parade in Middlemarch.

It was noted that the Taieri Pipe Band request did not include a provision for fuel, the request only covering the hire cost for transport.  The community board considered an allocation of $90 towards fuel would be appropriate.


The Lee Stream School asked for $1,000.00 towards the replacement of the games courts.  The courts are used by both the school and local community. 

It was noted that these courts benefit children and adults of all ages, and that there are very few facilities in the area that provide for this recreational activity. 


Moved (Member David Frew/Mr Mark O'Neill):

That the Board:


Approves the funding application from the Taieri Pipe Band, and that it be increased to $400 to include the cost of fuel.


Motion carried (STCB/2018/006)



Moved (Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson/Member David Frew):

That the Board:



Approves the funding application from the Lee Stream School, and that it be increased to $2,000.


 Motion carried (STCB/2018/007)



Resolution to exclude the public

Moved (Chair Barry Williams/Deputy Chairperson Joan Wilson):

That the Board:


Pursuant to the provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, exclude the public from the following part of the proceedings of this meeting namely:


General subject of the matter to be considered

Reasons for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Ground(s) under section 48(1) for the passing of this resolution


Reason for Confidentiality

C1  Mt Ross Road Bridge Replacement Options


The withholding of the information is necessary to protect information where the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.


The public conduct of the part of the meeting would be likely to result in the disclosure of information for which good reason for withholding exists under section 7.


This resolution is made in reliance on Section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, and the particular interest or interests protected by Section 6 or Section 7 of that Act, or Section 6 or Section 7 or Section 9 of the Official Information Act 1982, as the case may require, which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or the relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public are as shown above after each item.




The meeting reconvened into public at 4.45 p.m.




8       Governance Support Officers Report


In a report from the Team Leader Civic an update activities relevant to the Board area was provided including:

·           Project Fund

·           Action List


Moved (Member Jacinta Stevenson/Member David Frew):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Governance Support Officers Report;

b)     Amends the Action List as appropriate


9       Chairperson's Report


The Chairperson provided a verbal update on matters of interest including:

1      Rates – the discussion noted that rural rates will go up around 8.9%, but the rates are not being spent in the rural areas.  The rural ratepayers feel it is unfair that services such as the library are paid for on a capital value basis.  Ratepayers accept that they should contribute to these sorts of services, but consider that the quantum is unfair. 

2      Push Bike Registration or Certification – note was made that as trailers need to be certified for fitness, so too should bikes, as there are many out there that are not road worthy.

3      Emergency management – an email had been received from Paul Allen asking to come and meet with the community board.  Mrs Bodeker is to invite Mr Allen to the next meeting of the community board.

4.     Radio – each community board in Dunedin City has been asked to join together, with each to pay for 20 advertising slots.  Following discussion, the Board agreed that it would not participate in this.


10     Council Activities


Cr Lord provided an update on the 10 Year Plan hearings, including the Mosgiel Pool proposal, and rating issues such as having a rating system that is fair to all. He advised that the deliberations on the plan will take place during the week starting 14 May 2018. 




11     Notification of Agenda Items for Consideration by The Chair


There were no notifications of agenda items.




The meeting closed at 5.20 p.m.