The MCG meets on the last Tuesday of the Month at 7.30pm Monthly Meetings are held in the meeting room behind the Hall Quarterly meetings held in February, May and August also in the meeting room. The AGM is at the November Meeting. No meeting in January
Matakana Community Group Minutes September 23rd 2019 7.30pm meeting Room
MVRd Upgrade; On to Stage 2 Day works, asphalting road and driveways. The parking area outside the hall has been completed but there’s a drainage problem. Neville(acting chair) to talk to Neville(AT engineer) about fixing Matakana Lake in front of the hall.
We do want to prevent the trucks that park and turn outside the hall from mashing up the new seal. Neville will talk to ITM and see if we can get some truck stopping solution. The parking area may benefit from new parking bay markings and more parking bays might be created if the cars park parallel to the hall.
Unfortunately the macrocarpa buffers outside Jubillee Park were offered to us by AT to reuse but they have now gone.
Book Exchange: The Hall entrance would be a good place to have the Book Exchange that Phil has made, it’s under-cover and accessible. Will request consent from the Hall committee.
Jubilee Park Nothing to report.
The Oyster Festival is being moved to The Farmers Daughter this year and are not using MWBs to implement a Zero Waste rubbish system.
Donations There have been a few but very generous donations from the businesses in Matakana. Of particular note: Our thanks go to Clyde and Ferida Hooper who have pledged a donation that will cover the costs of maintaining the car park this year. Also to Richard Didsbury and Simon and Robin Barclay who have also made sizeable contributions. We need to come up with a way to publicly thank people who make donations. Maybe plaques on the car park fence? And also a certificate of thanks to all those who make contributions. John of Tumbleweed needs to be formally thanked for his contribution to the tree planting and mulching of trees along Matakana Road.
It was decided that we will continue to collect money from the weekend carpark to support the community in general as it’s a good way to get some financial input from outside the community. There will be a Fundraising bucket collection over Labour Weekend.
Walking and Cycleway Repairs. (Scott)Auckland Council has pledged $8,750 towards the concreting of the upper part of the cycleway hill from OBV down towards Matakana. The shortfall for the project will be paid for by the the MCG. Scott has obtained some pricing for labour and materials which will be around $5,500 so the total cost will be around $14,500 which is well within the original budget. This is for a 2 metre wide 130meters length of track. Proposed: That Commnity Funds will pay $5,500 towards the track refurbishment. Proposed Scott , Seconded Fi Carried
It is unknown how much use the tracks in the area are getting so track counters are being put in place by Matakana Coast Trail Trust along lengths of tracks that are to be included in the Matakana Coastal Trail. This will include the Matakana to Omaha trail as this is a pivitol part of the scheme.
Ivan suggested that we hold an event to promote the track and its use. But maybe this could be something more ‘spontaneous’.
Heritage Trail (Amanda) Sue Dobbs (AC) suggested that we set up a consultation with Ngti Manuhiri so that the Matakana Walking Trail includes Maori stories from pre-colonial times as well as the post colonial stories we have from David Grant’s book. Amanda, Nevile and Liz met with Pieter from the Ngatu Manuhiri Trust Board who was keen to get onboard and have input into this project. There is money available for Consultation fees for Iwi to be involved. It would also dovetail with work that Chris Charles is doing with the Matakana Coast Trail. Liz to meet with Claire MacDonald to talk about the approach taken with the Warkworth river walk.
MWBs The Lawrie Road site had a very successful opening with a number of prominent people in attendance including the Hon Poto Williams Minister for the Community and Voluntary sector, Phil Goff (Mayor), Beth (RLB), and several Ngati Manuhiri representatives.
Rusty Brooke is having it’s own opening on Saturday 12th October 11am to 1pm with a sausge sizzle.
It was noted that Northland Waste has applied for a resource consent to open a transfer station at the Wyatts site on Sandspit Road.
Trish is looking for 33 volunteers to man the Zero waste stands at The Kowhia Festival on October 13th
Matakana Hall 60th Birthday It would be great to have some kind of celebrations to mark the Hall’s 60th birthday this year but time is running out. Maybe something simple to organize like a sausage sizzle or the food trucks that Justin brings to Matakana. Most of these are Auckland based so it would be a good thing to ask Matakana food businesses first if they would like to participate.
Locals Lunches (Janis) There have been 2 lunches held so far. The first at Plume cafe and one in the Smoko Room at The Sawmill Brewery. The month the lunch will be held at MMK. It was suggested that these could be promoted through the Matakana Information Centre or the School for new parents to the area.
Cars ‘For Sale’ parked on the road opposite the school are a potential hazard to the School children and traffic. What can be done to ask them to move?
Meeting ended 8.30pm. Next meeting October 29th in the meeting room
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