Strath Taieri Community Board



Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Strath Taieri Community Board held in the Strath Taieri Community Centre, Middlemarch on Thursday 05 July 2018, commencing at 2.00 pm





Barry Williams


Deputy Chairperson

Joan Wilson



Norma Emerson

David Frew


Cr Mike Lord

Mr Mark O'Neill







Terry Taylor (Contract Supervisor Transport Delivery)


Acting Governance Support Officer   Cr Mike Lord




1       Public Forum

There was no Public Forum.   


2       Apologies

An apology was received from Jacinta Stevenson..


Moved (Joan Wilson/David Frew):

That the Board:


a)         Accepts the apology from Jacinta Stevenson.

Motion carried



3       Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Joan Wilson/David Frew):

That the Board:


Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration


Motion carried (STCB/2018/017)



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 (David Frew/Norma Emerson):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

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

Motion carried (STCB/2018/018)


5       Confirmation of Minutes

5.1    Strath Taieri Community Board meeting - 24 May 2018


Moved (Joan Wilson/ David Frew):

That the Board:


Confirms the public part of the minutes of the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting held on 24 May 2018 as a correct record.


 Motion carried (STCB/2018/019)

Part A Reports

6       Foulden Hills Quarry


Craig Pilcher from Plaman Global provided a PowerPoint presentation and spoke to the Board regarding the Foulden Hills Quarry.

Mr Pilcher advised that Plaman was focused on the development of the only large scale commercially viable Black Diatomaceous Earth (BDE) ore in the world.  He commented that the project was located across two sites, the Fouldon Hills Quarry Site located near Middlemarch and the Awarua Processing Facility near Invercargill.  

Mr Pilcher commented that Plaman Globas planned to begin mining Diatomaceous earth from the quarry north of Middlemarch.  He provided an outline of the proposed timeline and spoke to the benefits and potential negative issues that may occur.  He advised that the proposal may provide jobs in the district and that truck movements at twelve minute intervals 24/7 would have an impact on the community.

There was a discussion on the necessity to ensure that the replacement bridge at Sutton was built to a level where it could support fully laden mining trucks which would enable the trucks to bypass the township.

In response to a question from Mr Pilcher on the best method to inform the public about the project, it was agreed that a public meeting be held in early September.



7       New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Downer Update


Nick Rodger from New Zealand Transport Agency and Suzanne Watt from Downers  provided an update of their activities to the Community Board. 

Mr Rodger spoke to NZTA concerns regarding people ignoring the road closure signs on SH87.  He advised that NZTA had obtained a legal opinion which confirmed that ignoring signs invalidated vehicle insurance but did not necessarily exempt NZTA from responsibility.  There was recognition that locals in good four wheel drive vehicles and tractors needed to use the road as part of their daily lives.  It was noted that there was a desire to set up a text message system to inform regular users of closures and reopening of the road.


The problem of trees shading SH87 which allowed the build-up of black ice was discussed and it was agreed that the banks that caused the shading coming out of the deep stream needed to be cut back if possible.


Mr Rodger and Ms Watt advised that they would be happy to also attend the public meeting in September as there were a number of issues that overlapped and therefore could be discussed at the same time.


8       Roading Updates


Mark O’Neill discussed roading matters in the Hyde Area which included:

-       Soft spots on Hartfield Road and Ngapuna Road

-       The lack of maintenance on Four Mile Road; Bald Hill Road; Tiroti Road and         Cemetery Road at Hyde.

The Contract Supervisor (Transport Delivery) Terry Taylor explained the problems which have arisen from the flooding which occurred in 2017 and commented that a number of contractors had been working in the area.

The Board advised that there was a need to start the maintenance programme earlier as the Strath Taieri climate was not suitable for winter work.



Moved (Barry Williams/Joan Wilson):

That the Board:

a)         Notes the roading updates;

b)        Requests that the maintenance programme schedule be changed to begin earlier in the year to avoid the winter months.

Motion carried (STCB/2018/020)


9       Governance Support Officers Report


A report from Civic informed the Strath Taieri Community Board of activities relevant to the Board area which included:

·                Project Fund

·                Action List

·                Correspondence

The Board requested that the Governance Support Officer respond to the correspondence and advise that discussions were being held and that there would be a public meeting held in early September which would cover a number of the issues raised.



Moved (Joan Wilson/ David Frew):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Governance Support Officers Report;

b)     Amends the Action List as appropriate

Motion carried (STCB/2018/021)


10     Chairperson's Report


The Chairperson provided an update on matters of interest including:

·         Dog Registration Charge

·         Otago Central Rail Trail Extension

·         Benaiah Dunn, 2nd Film Festival in USA – the Board acknowledged the recent achievement of Benaiah Dunn gaining second place in the International Youth Silent Film Festival (IYSFF) competition for the short film, The Chase.  They requested that the Governance Support Officer send a letter of congratulations to Benaiah.  It was suggested that the film be played at the start of the public meeting in September.

·         Police Replacement

·         Hyde Domain – removal of trees.  The Board would like the trees at the Hyde Domain to be removed post winter with funds to remain in the Board area.  They acknowledge the significant expense should a contractor be engaged for the one project however it was noted that Mike Hurring Logging could be working in the district post winter and therefore may be able to include the job. 

·         Sutton Bridge –clarification was sought on the resolution passed at the Infrastructure Services and Networks Committee meeting dated 11 June 2018 in view of the preferred option of the Board.

·         Power Net correspondence– a draft letter to Power Net to request support in the reduction of power cuts in the winter months for maintenance issues, noting the limited options residents have to keep warm.  It was agreed that the Governance Support Officer be requested to send the letter on behalf of the Board.


Moved (Barry Williams/Joan Wilson):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the report.

b)     Requests that the Governance Support Officer send a letter of         congratulations to Benaiah Dunn for his achievement at the IYSFF and send         the tabled letter to Power Net to request the reduction of power cuts in         winter months.


c)     Requests that staff investigate the felling of the trees at the Hyde Domain         to coincide with contractor work in the district and confirm that the funds         raised remain in the Board area.


Motion carried (STCB/2018/022)


11     Council Activities


Cr Lord provided an update on matters of interest which included:



Adoption of the Ten year plan 2018-28

Rates set for the 2018/19 year

Easter Trading Review

Waste Futures Project

Parking Survey


Moved (Cr Mike Lord/ Barry Williams):

That the Board:

a)         Notes the report.

Motion carried (STCB/2018/023)


12     Notification of Agenda Items for Consideration by The Chair


There were no items notified for consideration by the Chair.




The meeting concluded at 4.40 pm.