Monday, 22 April 2013


by Gerard Collings, Chairperson

Blueskin Bay Library

An official opening for the Blueskin Bay Library extension is to be held on 4 May.  This project has only become a reality by the hard work and commitment of the community.  A special thanks to the fundraising committee, Stuart Strachan (chairman), Alasdair Morrison, Andrew Noone, Marshall Seifert, and Des Smith.  Raising in excess of $300,000 for a community of our size was an outstanding effort.

Carey's Creek Bridge Remedial Work

I am pleased to advise that the necessary remedial and strengthening work is scheduled to recommence on the Carey's Creek bridge this month.  The work which was scheduled to commence in August last year was initially delayed due to necessary redesign work, was subsequently rescheduled due to budget constraints and the need to reprioritise funding to emergency repairs on a bridge in Hyde. We are advised that construction and single-lane traffic restrictions will last for four to five months (i.e. to late July or August).

Waitati Bottle Bank

Limited response was received regarding the removal of the bottle bank from the Waitati Hall grounds. Dunedin City Council (DCC) staff, however, received an offer from a business owner prepared to house the bottle bank on their property.  At our April meeting the board endorsed council staff continuing discussions with this business owner.  We trust that the misuse of the facility that occurred at the hall will not occur at the new facility. It is likely that further such behaviour will result in the bottle bank's permanent removal from Waitati.

Funding Applications    

The board were pleased to contribute $1000 from our discretionary fund to Stage 1 of the Blueskin Youth Centre Association's walkway project. 

The board still has a small amount left in its discretionary fund available for this financial year. Community groups considering applying for funds are asked to ensure that you have your applications submitted to our Governance Support Officer no later than 20 May.

Copies of DCC documents out for consultation are available from the council office and through its website

The Waikouaiti Coast Community Board's next meeting is 5:30pm on 29 May at the Warrington Surf Club rooms.

Members of the public are welcome to speak at the board's public forum.  However, those wishing to do so need to advise Wendy Collard our Governance Support Officer (Phone 474 3374) before 12 noon on the day prior to the meeting.  

Remember you can view the board's meeting agendas, reports and minutes at either the Waikouaiti or Blueskin libraries or through the DCC's website at

Members of the board are only too happy to hear (by phone or email) from members of the community about any issues within our area.


Board Contacts





The Board

Gerard Collings (Chairperson),




Alasdair Morrison (Deputy),




Andy Barratt,




Andrew Noone




Geraldine Tait,




Les Pullar,




Mark Brown,





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