The council is gearing up for a busy year, Mayor Tim King says, with a range of projects on the horizon for the Tasman District.

The Motueka Library redesign, upgrading Brightwater’s Town Centre, and progressing the construction of the Waimea Community Dam are just three of the planned council projects that will be going ahead this year.

“As always, delivering core infrastructure is a big priority for the council this year,” says Tim.

The Brightwater Town Centre upgrade, which began this month and is set to be completed late 2020, is one of the council’s key infrastructure projects moving ahead this year.

The project will upgrade Brightwater’s main street by creating a shared pathway from the school to the intersection with Lord Rutherford Road, as well as improving parts of the Great Taste Trail along Ellis Street and undergrounding power lines and some street-to-home connections for an uncluttered skyline. Streetscaping, including landscaping, planting, street furniture, and street lighting will also be done as a part of the project.

The Lord Rutherford Road-Waimea West Road intersection will also be upgraded to make it easier for larger vehicles to use. The project is projected to cost $1.9 million.

Traffic and congestion is another priority for the council this year, especially between Brightwater and Nelson.

Tim says that the council is focused on working with the New Zealand Transport Agency to look at solutions to reduce congestion, especially on Gladstone Road in Richmond.

“This is a real issue for the public,” Tim says.

Climate change is another key item on the agenda for 2020, including implementing Government legislation like the Zero Carbon 2050 bill. While council will continue to assess its own emissions, Tim says the council will need to work with the wider community to encourage, educate, and assist people to manage their own impact on the environment.

The same goes for water quality, Tim says.

The council’s Long Term Plan will also be under review this year, giving the new council a chance to assess its priorities.

The 10-year plan will be formulated this year, consulted on next year, and will come into effect from 1 July 2021.

“For a new council, that’s the big opportunity to make some changes.”

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