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 June 2021, commencing at 2.00 pm





Barry Williams


Deputy Chairperson

Mark O'Neill



Blair Dale



David Frew



Robin Thomas





Jeanine Benson (Group Manager Transport)


Governance Support Officer                  Jennifer Lapham




1          Public Forum

1.1       Public Forum - Leaning Lodge Trust


John Cocks spoke to the Board regarding the rebuild of the Leaning Lodge hut in the Rock and Pillar Range.  He advised that they were seeking the Boards support and help with the provision of 4 wheel drive vehicles and other equipment to assist getting people and construction material to the hut during construction.



1.2       Public Forum - Mike Garetty


Mike Garetty spoke to the Board regarding public access to rivers.



1.3       Public Forum - Update on  Community Garden


Cynthia Flanagan thanked the Board for the funding they received.  She advised that the tunnel house had been ordered and they were preparing the ground  to install it when it arrives.



2          Apologies

Apologies were received from Leeann McLew and Cr Mike Lord.


             Moved (David Frew/Mark O'Neill):

             That the Board:


Accepts the apologies from Leenan McLew and Cr Mike Lord.


Motion carried


3          Confirmation of agenda



Moved (Robin Thomas/David Frew):

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.


Mark O’Neill advised that he now leases the Hyde Recreation Reserve.


Robin Thomas and Jock Frew advised that they were trustees of the Strath Taieri Connect Charitable Trust.



Moved (Robin Thomas/Blair Dale):

That the Board:


a)     Amends the Elected Members' Interest Register; and

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

             Motion carried


5          Confirmation of Minutes

5.1       Strath Taieri Community Board meeting - 15 April 2021


Moved (Mark O'Neill/Robin Thomas):

That the Board:


a)     Confirms the minutes of the Strath Taieri Community Board meeting held on 15 April 2021 as a correct record.

             Motion carried


Part A Reports

6          Report Back on Community Board Conference



Robin Thomas provided a verbal on the Community Board Conference which was held 22 – 24 April in Gore.  He advised that there were representatives from all over New Zealand and a number of very good speakers.  He recommended that other Board members attend the conference if they get the opportunity.




Moved (David Frew/Blair Dale):

That the Board:


             Note the report on the Community Board Conference.


             Motion carried



7          Governance Support Officers Report


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

·        Project Fund

·        Future of Dunedin Railways Limited

·        Hyde Hall Recreation Reserve

·        Currently Being Consulted on by Dunedin City Council



Moved (David Frew/Mark O'Neill):

That the Board:


Notes the Governance Support Officers Report.

             Motion carried




8          Chairperson's Report



The Chairperson provided an update on matters of interest including:

·         Roading – Concern the roads have not been repaired since the flooding.

·         March Creek/Flooding – Otago Regional Council are investigating the option to do something with the railway bridge to try and ease the water flow.  It was noted that the Otago Regional Council were holding a “drop in session” at the conclusion of the meeting to seek community input into options to resolve the flooding issues.

·         Bloke Shed – Robin Thomas advised that funding of $40,000  had been received from MPI to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.  The Strath Taieri Connect Charitable Trust ahs been set up to progress this work and will have a part time permanent employee.

·         Leaning Lodge Trust – it was agreed to support the project. 




9          Notification of Items for Consideration by the Chairperson



·         Request to have Flooding as a standard item on the agenda.

·         Extend an invitation to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to attend the next meeting to discuss road closures.







The meeting concluded at 3.10 pm .