Government Tourism Infrastructure Projects - Kumara public meeting notes

Topic:  Government $102 million funding for Tourism Infrastructure Projects & Kumara Wish List

Sunday 23rd July 2017 at 3 pm at the Kumara Memorial Hall

Present: Helen Lash [ deputy Mayor, Councillor ] Jim Butzbach from Westland District Council, Julie Rowe, Kate Hawkins, Karen Wafer, Anne Lee, Ken Greaves, and Mike Keenan

Apologies : Ursula & John Acker, Fiona Pollard, Kerrie Fitzgibbon, and Ginger Lee

Helen Lash gave an overview of their meeting last Thursday with representatives from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  The funds this round are for projects like new carparks, toilet and freedom camping facilities. Upcoming funding rounds are end of August 2017 and March 2018, which does not give much time to fill in applications, with a 4 week timeframe for all Westland District town projects.

A concept plan has been designed by Sue Asplin from Hokitika for the Kumara Sports Ground, which Ken showed the group.

Julie showed plans for the car park at Taylor's Hill/ Chinese Reserve.  Fiona Pollard will contact Helen with more detailed information that was part of the resource consent.

Good discussion on ideas and suggestions with a list for the Kumara town was drawn up.

Low attendance at this meeting was unfortunate, yet public meeting notice was widely circulated- posted on Kumara West Coast Facebook page, Kumara letterbox drop, fliers posted at Kumara Memorial Hall and Masala, emailed to KRT member list, Kumara Junction group and fliers dropped at Junction Café.

Kumara List:

No.1:   Speed deterrent signs x 2to be placed at both entrances to the Kumara township......cost $25 k total

No.2:   Entrance signs x 2 with what attractions and what to do in Kumara, e.g.. walking & cycling tracks, fishing, & etc..............cost $5k total

Helen mentioned that Haast has a good sign with their attractions on a white board.

No.3:   Taylor's Hill/ Chinese Reserve car park............cost $26 k

Helen was concerned there is not enough room for parking coming off the main highway, for small and bigger buses. Discussed potential of buying the nearby section which is for sale, yet can't be bought with the infrastructure funds, so not an option at this time.

No.4:  Four new toilets at the Kumara Sports Ground, plus an extra waste holding tank........cost $200 k

No.5:    Kumara Sports Ground- tar seal the car park ...........cost $50k

            Shelter area (potentially attached to toilet block) ..........cost$12k     Total $62 k

No.6:    Other items to be applied for in the application are 2 bike stands and rubbish bins......cost $2k

Total cost is $320 k

Discussed - What has Kumara got as a point of difference and how will tourists know?

Julie asked for any wish list ideas that didn't fit tourism infrastructure funding availability to be written on sticky notes, for future planning/ Kumara Strategy.  Mike received wishes from Pavel Bares and facebook, which will also be saved for future planning/ Kumara Strategy.

Meeting closed 4-45 pm