15 March 2017
Thirteen members of the Wairau Valley community and one small shaggy dog turned up to plant native trees and shrubs in a new garden surrounding the Wairau Valley Church carpark last week.
The Council’s Small Townships Programme kicked off in Wairau Valley last year. Local people thought visitors experienced the town as a blip on the state highway and not as a defined place with a strong identity.
Locals have since worked tirelessly with Council to ensure that the project works for everyone using the area, and this culminated in a great turnout on planting day.
The Wairau Valley Residents' Association (The Valley People) wanted a footpath along SH 63 that would make it easier and safer for people to walk and cycle, as well as creating a starting and finishing point for the town. The second ‘quick win’ project was improving the town’s entrance by developing a picnic area in the unused part of the Church carpark. The footpath was completed last November and now winds its way through the new garden, finishing in Church Lane.
New “Welcome to Wairau Valley” signs are also due to go up in the next couple of months to mark both entrances to the township.
Ideas for other projects have been gathered into a draft Township Plan, on display at a community open day on Sunday 30 April from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at the Community Hall. Everyone is invited to come along and give their opinion on future plans for the Valley.