Public meeting in Kurow well attended

Public Meeting Held in Kurow Saturday 30 April

The Waitaki Valley Community Society wish to thank the approx 100 people who were able to attend this meeting.

Emma Mulholland’s design plan for the Kurow township (submitted as her thesis in Design at Lincoln University) left many inspired by the potential of Kurow as a hub for tourists and businesses. Whilst she had no budget constraints, some of her ideas are achievable with little outlay.

Jeff Page from Meridian outlined the proposed North Bank Tunnel project and its implications for Kurow. He also advised that the proposal now incorporates a tunnel-canal-tunnel design due to geological constraints. Nick Taylor, a consultant for Meridian, spoke of the possible social impacts of the project. 

Peter McIlraith (Waimate District Council) and Craig Dawson (Waitaki District Council) both offered support for Kurow-Hakataramea projects and said the Councils were always happy to look at sound applications for assistance.

Callum Reid, Cathy Ferguson and Michael Blackstock attended representing the Ahuriri Ward Committee and all expressed their support and enthusiasm for the ideas discussed. Attendees were given the opportunity to record any ideas they had for the township and these ideas will be collated this week. The Waitaki District Council Community Services Group Manager, Thunes Cloete will meet with the Committee to discuss the outcomes of the meeting. Callum Reid, Steve Hotton and Donna Coleman-Smith organised the meeting and hope to work alongside the Town Enhancement Group to formulate a plan for moving forward.

Thanks to Carron Cossens for her assistance, and to Waitaki St John for use of the projector.



Posted: Sun 01 May 2011