Public meeting for Palm Beach residents on Monday

Papamoa waterways

Tauranga City Council has hit the pause button on part of the Wairakei Stream development in Papamoa; the Wairakei Landscape Plan.
Councillors Leanne Brown and Steve Morris will be holding a meeting with residents of the Palm Beach area on Monday May 6 from 9am to 9.30am.
"We want to provide time for residents of the Palm Beach area to work with us on their section of this plan," say Councillors Leanne Brown and Steve Morris.
Council will move onto a different section of the planting project. The Wairakei Landscape Plan aims to enhance the stream area by improving public amenity.
Tauranga City Council prepared a landscape plan for part of the 15km long Wairakei Stream reserve corridor.
The purpose of the plan is to enhance the 10-kilometre-long stormwater reserve – between Pacific View Road in Papamoa and the Te Tumu boundary, including Taylor Reserve - encouraging people’s use and enjoyment of the area. It includes features such as planting, cultural recognition, signage and pathways.
The landscape plan covers stormwater reserve land extending from Pacific View Road to the Te Tumu boundary, including Taylor Reserve.
The land on either side of the Wairakei Stream is primarily stormwater reserve land. Stormwater reserves are designed to flood as a way to manage excess stormwater after heavy rain events. Improving water quality is an important aspect of the landscape plan.
Work was designed to be completed in two stages. Through to the end of 2019 work on stage one was planned to take place through the Wairakei area, including the landward side of the Wairakei Stream from Pacific View Road through to Golden Sands Drive.
Work on stage two will be taking place through the Te Tumu area. This area encompasses the rural zoned land from the eastern end of Papamoa Beach Road, eastward to the Kaituna River.
As part of the plan, ten kilometres of the Wairakei stormwater reserve was to be enhanced with new plants, landscaping, park furniture, signage and upgrades to the existing amenities.
This includes:
- 11km of new cycleways and pathways - A series of bridges, cycleways, pathways, and boardwalks will be installed along the reserve. Many walkways will be widened.
- 25 hectares of vegetation enhancement - This includes trimming, crown lifting and removal of vegetation in some areas to improve safety, creation of 51 sediment retention wetlands, wetland and shrub planting, and shade trees with park benches.
- New signage - Signage identifying exits, roads, and wayfinding within the reserve will be installed, as well as special signs that recognise places of cultural and historical importance.
Councillors Leanne Brown and Steve Morris will be available to meet with residents of the Palm Beach area to provide an update on this decision on Monday, May 6 2019 from 9am to 9.30am.
Councillors will be on the grass area between Montego Dr and Laguna Key, Papamoa Beach, near the tsunami bridge.

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