Beautification project could cost $155,000

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A proposal to beautify the north end of Mataura’s Main St could cost about $155,000.

Mataura Community Board members this week discussed the proposal to install 31 garden plots at a cost of about $5000 a plot in the Alliance Group Mataura plant car park at the north end of Main St.

After the meeting, board chairman Alan Taylor stressed the proposal was still in the early stages.

Mr Taylor said it was yet to be decided whether all or only part of the proposal would be carried out and if it would be implemented in stages.

Some funding was left in the Mataura beautification account that could be used for the proposal, he said.

Completing the project in stages would make it more affordable and give the board a chance to secure outside funders, he said.

The parking area is between the Alliance plant and State Highway 1.

The rain line runs between the plant and the car park. Alliance leases the parking area land from KiwiRail.

In his report, transport manager Peter Standring said council staff, some councillors and Mr Taylor attended an on-site meeting with Alliance Group representatives.

“Matters discussed were the spacing of the planting plots, the style of planting, the walkway across the railway line and the need to consult both KiwiRail and the New Zealand Transport Agency,” Mr Standring said in the report.

The plan was to build a series of garden plots occupying every ninth park along the track side of the parking area, he said.

“This configuration would start at the proposed footbridge and spread out in each direction,” he said.

The side closer to the highway would have the same sequence of plots, but they would not be aligned with those on the track side, he said.

“The rough order of costs for each plot would be $5000, inclusive of planting.”

Mr Taylor said at the meeting, the beautification plan had been mooted for several years.

The plant management was “very supportive” of the proposal.

“So it’s just a matter of if the board wishes to advance this proposed programme,” Mr Taylor said.

Member Geoff Colvin suggested sending the plans to KiwiRail and the NZTA to gain agreement in principle before the board agreed to the suggestion.