Hi all, Time flies and our quarterly meeting comes around again on Tuesday 27th next week. This is always a good opportunity to meet others in the community. The agenda will cover an update on key issues in the area as well as new ones ahead. The agenda is on the website and the Event on our Facebook page.
Topics at the quarterly meeting The meeting will start at 7-30. This month we will be updating the work on the Matakana valley road, the future use of Jubilee Park and exciting developments by Mahurangi Wastebusters at Lawrie and Rustybrook roads. We will talk about the Caring community initiative and future plans and feedback about fundraising to support this annual activity. Green fingers will be satisfied by learning about the planting around Tamahunga bridge and community garden news.
This email updates news about all of the topics above if you are unable to be at the meeting to hear in person or ask questions / offer views.
As always, if you would like to recap our previous newsletters for context around this one, they are here: past newsletters Simon
Mahurangi Waste Busters (MWB) Mahurangi Wastebusters was awarded a two-year contract by Auckland Council in May to run interim waste and resource recovery services while remediation works are carried out at the former landfill sites at Lawrie Rd, Snells Beach and Rustybrook Rd, Wellsord. Wastebusters opened in mid July with just the basic services of greenwaste and refuse, and have now added scrap metal, paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, food grade tin cans, aluminium drink cans and single-use plastic numbers 1 and 2. Coming soon will be e-waste, tyres, batteries and building materials.
Early next month, Wastebusters will officially open on-site shops where people will be able to buy reusable materials, such as timber, iron and household items. Staff have already been pulling out useful things for the shops: bicycles, fishing rods, furniture and much more. Bric-a-brac and other small items are being donated to community op shops.
Work has started on the demonstration areas too, and worm farms will be in place by the early September, along with educational material. School children are working on an art project painting zero waste messages, and the Matakana community gardeners have been in planting and beautifying the Lawrie Rd site. The Warkworth Mens Shed have been invaluable, helping out with many tasks.
Demand at the sites has been much higher than expected since they reopened, with over 100 tonnes of material brought in – more than double what Wastebusters were expecting. For updated information on opening hours, services and news check the website mahurangiwastebusters.nz or their facebook page.
Storm Water diversion from Matakana Valley Rd and MVR repairs You will all be pleased road works in the village are nearing the end! Thank goodness it is being completed and during the winter; the summer season will be transformed by the changes. Works have been slightly delayed but are still on track to end withing six weeks.
Community Fund Raising The MCG committee is looking for financial support on an ongoing basis from businesses and individuals in our community. Last month I wrote letters to the community for support. This was positively received and the School kindly sent out my request to parents in it's newsletter. So far we have had a few contributions and I have high hopes of other generous people and businesses doing the same. If you have forgotten our assessment of financial need it is below:
Meeting the future needs of our township In the coming year, the MCG is going to be looking at funding for the following projects:
Car Park Maintenance $10,000 per annum Gardens & Pathways $1000 per annum Planting $2000 per annum Upgrade of Jubilee Park Facilities $10,000 per annum
Remember that your donation will be reinvested directly back into our thriving community, and as we do not incur high operational costs, you can rest assured your money is going to directly improving our village and its facilities . We would really appreciate a commitment for 6-12 months initially. I shall be ringing people when I get back in October.
To set up your monthly donation Donations should be made directly into the MCG Bank Account Matakana Community Group - 12 3095 0186234 00
You can set up a regular monthly amount via your internet banking. You can also talk to your accountant about the benefits of giving to a charity as donations over $5.00 are tax deductible.
Once you have decided to give a contribution could you please email out treasurer Fiona Strathern on firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know or contact me, email@example.com if you would like to contribute by cash or cheque. Thanks
People and Social
Caring Community We have been making progress with this initiative that is focusing on our people as well as projects! After last month's successful Pot luck lunch at the hall, we started holding monthly locals lunches. These events will now form part of a more comprehensive annual social calendar. Local's Lunch It is worth noting that over 60% of the residents in Matakana (as shown in the recent census) have lived here for 4 years or less. In the next five years, there is no doubt that the number of new Matakanans will continue to rise! The first of these events for the community was held on 20th August. The idea was to create an opportunity for new residents to meet each other and those who are already established in the area. Ten people met at Plume Cafe and it was very successful; all enjoyed the experience and a few people learned more about local events and places. This will now be a monthly event and will be held at a different local cafe each time. We want to encourage you to invite any new residents and come yourself to meet them and other local people. This is open to anyone in the greater Matakana area. The next date is Tuesday ....September at a venue to be advised. Watch for details of the event to be posted on the website and Facebook page. If you are interested and would like to be reminded nearer the time, please contact Janis to register your details. firstname.lastname@example.org Community DirectoriesWe were working on two directories where useful information and contacts can be in one place for easier access. We now think that directories might not be the most useful and practical way to progress! The one for local community building might become a 'welcome pack' with all the things new and existing residents might want to know. The other for those falling between the cracks, needs more consideration and a meeting with those already operating will clarify how our community group can support, connect and amplify their work. This is ongoing...as volunteer time allows!
Do you want to play tennis? Why not join the Matakana tennis club? This is one of the many social activities available in our community. Try before you buy...and come to the Tennis Open day SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER Come over to the Matakana Tennis Club from 1pm for an afternoon full of fun/tennis activities for kids and adults 🎾🎾🎾
Free event - we would love to see you all. See Flyer in What's On
. Points ahead and information
Safety around the village Thanks to everyone who made suggestions and contributed ideas through the Community Facebook page, there was a record number of 'hits' on that topic! We are making slow progress and despite the glacial pace of progress, we are still working on the preferred options with Auckland Transport.
Jubilee Park The Pony club and the Community group have agreed to share space within the park.We are now initiating an approach to council for consent.
Historic Walkway Neville and Amanda are waiting to meet with Tangata Whenua over their input to the historic trail. They will advise on progress at the next Community meeting.
Other Matakana walkways Neville is also working with Matakana Coastal Trails Trust to develop a trail around Matakana, exploring links from the Wharf to the Market and a pathway through the wharf reserve behind King George. Watch this space!
That's it for this month. Don't forget the next meeting is this Tuesday August 27th in the small room behind the Community Hall for a 7-30 start. The topics above and others will be discussed and the agenda has be posted on the website and Facebook page. I'm afraid I can't be there, but Neville and the committee will be representing me. All welcome. Also stay in touch by checking in on the Facebook page and the website. There won't be a September newsletter because I will still be away, so the next one will be in October.