The Marlborough District Council has included funding in the Long Term Plan (2015 – 2028) to provide an integrated planning and design process for improving public amenities in small townships as part of implementing the Growing Marlborough Strategy.
- Design a livable town with an attractive central space
- Allow freedom of movement, connectivity and accessibility
- Strengthen a sense of place and unique identity
- Enhance the use, enjoyment and pride in outdoor public spaces
Projects that provide for new or improved outdoor public spaces are eligible to be included in this programme. Examples of the types of projects are community spaces, recreation areas, landscaping and streetscape upgrades to improve walking and cycling.
Using the Smart and Connected framework, Council will link the aspirations of communities with good outdoor public space design. These will come together in a Township Plan for each community to create the kind of place where people want to live, work and play. Small, easy to achieve projects will be implemented as soon as possible through Stage One. The planning and delivery of Stage Two of the Plan is likely to take around two to three years to complete.
The eligible towns that are currently on the Growing Marlborough Strategy list are: Anakiwa/ Tirimoana, Canvastown/Wakamarina Valley, Grovetown, Havelock, Linkwater/the Grove, Momorangi Bay, Ngakuta Bay, Ohingaroa Bay, Okiwi Bay, Rai Valley Township, Rarangi, Renwick, Seddon, Spring Creek, Tuamarina, Wairau Valley and Ward.
Work has started on developing a Township Plan for Renwick, Havelock, Wairau Valley, Spring Creek, Ward and recently Canvastown. As the programme continues new communities will be brought into the process each year as the current ones are completed.
The Community Projects Fund
Council has allocated ten percent of the annual Small Townships budget (around $50,000) for small, low cost infrastructure projects on outdoor public spaces. Applications are accepted for individual projects up to $10,000.
Any organisation or group that represents a small township or community in Marlborough can apply. This does not include Blenheim and Picton/Waikawa whose projects are funded differently, or townships that are on the Small Townships Programme. In 2019 these towns are Canvastown, Havelock, Renwick, Wairau Valley, Spring Creek and Ward.
The criteria that will be used to assess the applications will be whether the project:
- Improves an outdoor public space
- Includes a high level of community involvement and support.
- Is able to be completed within one year
- Best meets the objectives of the programme to: - Design a liveable town with an attractive central space - Allow freedom of movement, connectivity and accessibility - Strengthen a sense of place and unique local identity - Enhance the use, enjoyment and pride in outdoor public spaces.
The Community Projects Fund 2019 is closed. Applications will be invited from December 2019 to March 2020.