1                                       25 September 2019



Western Community Panel


Minutes of a meeting held in the Maungaraki Community Hall, 135 Dowse Drive, Maungaraki, Lower Hutt on

 Wednesday 25 September 2019 commencing at 7.32pm



PRESENT:                              Ms T Coleman (Chair)                      

                                                Ms P Hindmarsh                    Ms E Jackman                                                                                    Cr MJ Cousins                                    Cr C Milne


APOLOGIES:                        Apologies were received from Mr Caygill and
Mr Besa.


IN ATTENDANCE           Ms J Randall, Committee Advisor






1.       APOLOGIES 

Members noted the apologies from Mr Caygill and Mr Besa.


Comments are recorded under the item to which they relate.      


          There were no conflict of interest declarations.       




Resolved:   (Ms Hindmarsh/Ms Jackman)                      Minute No. WCP 19401

“That the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 15 May 2019, and the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 11 July 2019, be confirmed as true and correct records.”


Western Community Projects Fund (19/1181)

Memorandum dated 9 September 2019 by the Community Advisor - Funding and Community Contracts


Speaking under public comment, Mr Quentin Duthie, representing the Pareraho Forest Trust (the Trust), advised the Trust had begun in May 2019 to connect local residents with their natural Belmont environment. He added the Trust had held working bees and guided walks that had been well attended by local residents. He noted that through enjoying the environment, residents had become more motivated to care for it.  He said the track created by the Trust was well used for recreational activities. He concluded that connectedness created by the Trust was building community and resilience in the Belmont area.


Speaking under public comment, Mr Julian Thomson, representing the Pareraho Forest Trust, explained the Trust had created a track that bridged Kelson and Belmont, with residents from both suburbs making good use of it from either end. He added the funding would enable an area to be created for residents to pause and appreciate the area. 


Speaking under public comment, Ms Lisa Collins, advised there was an existing track on her property at Crestview Crescent that had been in existence since the land was subdivided in the 1980s. She explained the track was well used by members of the community who were unaware it was on private property. She advised she was intending to subdivide her property. She added she would like the funding to be used to create a separate title for the track so that public access could continue. She concluded she was willing to engage with Council to ensure the arrangement worked for all parties.



Resolved: (Ms Hindmarsh/Ms Coleman)                          Minute No. WCP 19402

“That the Panel:

(i)      notes the Guidelines and Criteria for the Western Community Projects Fund attached to the inside page of the agenda; and

(ii)     agrees to allocate any agreed expenditure through the Western Community Projects Fund.”


Resolved:(Ms Coleman/Ms Hindmarsh)                           Minute No. WCP 19403


”That the Panel:

(i)            agrees to allocate $12,697.00 plus GST for a high quality mural on the Wellington Water Ltd structures at the bottom of Major Drive, Kelson, subject to final officer approval. Ms Hindmarsh will  liaise with officers to facilitate payment;

(ii)          agrees to allocate $16,700.00 plus GST to contribute to enabling a public access way between Crestview Grove and the Park Road-Meadowbank walking track and to formalise the access way as part of the official track network, subject to final officer approval. Ms Coleman will  liaise with officers to facilitate payment;

(iii)        agrees to allocate $13,772.79 plus GST, in light of updated quotes, to create a public amenity area on Council reserve adjacent to 36 Hill Road, Belmont, subject to final officer approval. Ms Coleman will  liaise with officers to facilitate payment; and

(iv)        agrees to allocate $1,059.21 plus GST to Western Ward Predator Free groups to provide further resources to support the work of Predator Free groups in the Western Ward. Funds are to be distributed through Council with the discretion of the Chair and the relevant officers.”

6.       QUESTIONS   

There were no questions.

The Chair thanked members, including Councillors Milne and Cousins for their support and contributions over the term of the triennium. She thanked officers for their support over the three year term.


There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 8.19pm.













Ms J Miller                                                                                        Ms T Coleman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE                                                                                   CHAIR