Last night I made a presentation at the Mapua Districts Community Association Meeting. Jane and I have started a new Facebook page as an advocacy group for upgrading and preserving the waterfront park as a people friendly greenspace on the foreshore.
We are unapologetic advocates for keeping and devloping the Waterfront Park as green space/a people space. Our aim is to create a voice for a wide and geographically dispersed community – Mapua, local region, Nelson Tasman, New Zealand, and around the world. So many many residents and visitors are attracted to the unique village atmosphere and the Mapua Wharf. It is a Crown in the Great Taste Trail. Let’s keep it that way!
The prospect of a public access powerboat ramp and trailer parking on that green space is, frankly, a nightmare. 10-40 powerboats and their SUV/Trailer rigs on a day , or morning, or evening, already ruin Grossi point as a people friendly social space . We need to rescue Grossi point for sure, but don’t shift the noise, cars, trailers, boats and congestion 500 metres down the road to the Waterfront park!
Here is the alternative proposal for playground/park/recreation/greenspace started in 2015, endorsed by the Tasman District Council AND the Mapua District Business association AND Rata Foundation – the Community funding organisation formerly known as the Canterbury Community Trust – to the tune of $10,000.
What? I didn’t know that, you say? precisely the point. The information about this proposal has been withheld from the public for well over a year. Providing information isn’t the same as making a decision about which direction to take, but when you ask for options it is incumbent on a local authority body to present balanced information.
There is no “balance” in this survey – one proposal and one proposal only has prominence. There are 4 distinct questions involving a “boat ramp” proposal: #4 do you think a new boat ramp is needed? #5 do you support putting one on Waterfront Park? #7 where do you think the parking for a boat ramp should be? and , once again – #9 should a boat ramp be part of the future waterfront development. Makes you wonder doesn’t it – who designed these survey questions and why did they omit asking any questions at all about a longstanding, well supported, and funded community proposal for playground/picnic/BBQ area. Personally I want answers, in writing from Councillors and the Mayor. Putting one proposal in 4 places in a survey with no space at all for other proposals smacks of incompetence in survey design techniques or a rush job … or….
ps if you are concerned about youth water sport training and the sea scouts, please have a look at my other post here