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 24 September 2020, commencing at 5.00 pm.





Barry Williams


Deputy Chairperson

Mark O'Neill



Blair Dale

David Frew


Cr Mike Lord

Leeann McLew




Tom Dyer (Group Manager 3 Waters)


Governance Support Officer                  Jennifer Lapham



1          Public Forum

1.1       Public Forum – Kate Wilson


Kate Wilson spoke to the Board regarding the heating of the Middlemarch Swimming Pool and the grant that they received from the Dunedin City Council.  She advised that they were currently seeking funding to heat the pool and auto-winding equipment for the pool covers.  She advised that the total cost would be $52,000.

She advised that she would submit a formal funding application to the next meeting, however, in the meantime would be grateful for a letter of support to be attached to other funding applications.

Ms Wilson also advised that they were seeking an increase in their grant from the Dunedin City Council.  She commented that it had been at least 15 – 20 years since they had an increase.  They would like the grant to be increased to $15,000 to reflect the increases in costs.

The Board agreed to provide a letter of support.


2          Apologies

An apology was recevied from Robin Thomas.


Moved (Leeann McLew/Cr Mike Lord):

That the Board:

Accepts the apology from Robin Thomas.


Motion carried


3          Confirmation of agenda



Moved (David Frew/Mark O'Neill):

That the Board:


Confirms the agenda without addition or alteration


Motion carried



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 (Leeann McLew/David Frew):

That the Board:


a)     Notes the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

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

                         Motion carried


5          Confirmation of Minutes

5.1       Strath Taieri Community Board meeting - 6 August 2020


Moved (David Frew/Mark O'Neill):

That the Board:


Confirms the public part of the minutes of the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting held on 6 August 2020 as a correct record.

Motion carried

Part A Reports

6          Governance Support Officers Report


In a report the Governance Support Officer provided an update on matters of interest including:

·        Project Fund

·        EV Charger – Middlemarch

·        Dunedin Rail Assets

·                Correspondence


Discussion took place on the letter from the Otago Regional Council regarding the clearing of March Creek.  The Board noted the offer by Ms Mifflin to attend a Board meeting and agreed to invite her  to attend the November meeting with a walk around prior to the meeting.



Discussion took place on the placement of the EV Charger in Middlemarch.  Members noted that there was a slight change to the preferred site


During the discussion Cr Lord left the meeting at 5.24 pm.



Moved (David Frew/Mark O'Neill):

That the Board:

Approves the proposed siting of the EV charger in Middlemarch..

Motion carried (STCB/2020/037)


Cr Lord returned to the meeting at 5.26 pm.



Moved (Blair Dale/Leeann McLew):

That the Board:


Notes the Governance Support Officers Report.

Motion carried


7          Chairperson's Report


The Chairperson provided an update on matters of interest including:

·                Silver Birch trees in Cardigan Street need to be pruned and stakes are required for the smaller trees.

·                The new parks contractor had not yet undertaken any work on the berms, this work used to be undertaken by a local contractor who regularly maintained the area.

·                Request that the sides on the road in Hyde be levelled to enable the local community to maintain them to make the area look tidier.

·                Concern had been expressed about the loss of carparks in Dunedin, which would impact on local people being able to access facilities including the hospital.




Moved (Barry Williams/Leeann McLew):

That the Board:

a)     Notes the Chairperson’s Report.

Motion carried



8          Community Plan


Members agreed to add support for an increase to the grant, to $15,000, for the Middlemarch Swimming Pool to the Community Plan.



9          Council Activities


Cr Mike Lord provided an update on matters of interest including the development of the 10 year plan commenting that a lot of work was going into balancing the needs of the community against what can be afforded.  He also advised that the representation review was being undertaken. 



10        Notification of Items for Consideration by the Chairperson


There were no items notified.





The meeting concluded at 5.43 pm .