Celebrating 150th big on town agenda

Plans for Owaka's 150th will be discussed at a public meeting tonight.

Owaka Going Forward committee will hold a public meeting at the Owaka Memorial Community Centre at 7.30pm to discuss plans for the 150th town celebrations in January 2016, and consider possible changes to the township.

Group chairwoman Aileen Clarke said the upgrade could include changes to the township's central roading, some power pole undergrounding, and locations for public toilets.

The group would also reveal designs for the waka sculpture.

''It is hoped that people will take this opportunity join the Owaka Going Forward committee to see what is proposed and why.''

Owaka Going Forward was formed as the result of a series of public meetings last year as a representative group for Owaka, and to help enhance the township in preparation for its 150th celebrations in 2016.

Mrs Clarke said the group asked the council to start a reserve management plan process to protect and guide the future development and maintenance of the green spaces in the township.

Clutha District Council assets manager Jules Witt said the call for submissions was the first step in preparing a reserve management plan for Owaka.

''The preparation of a plan involves consultation with the community and there will be more than one opportunity for the public to have its say.''

Mr Witt said the council wanted to hear any ideas people had for reserve areas at Owaka, including the recreation reserve (sports ground), Main Rd playground, and areas around Owaka Museum, Owaka Memorial Community Centre, and Owaka Swimming Pool.

The council would consider the first round of submissions in preparing a draft reserve management plan, which would then go out for a further round of public consultation.

The first round of submissions closes at 5pm on December 19.

Mrs Clarke said the group encouraged other submissions supporting the plan process, as it would ensure the areas are protected and maintained as the community wanted.

-helena.dereus@odt.co.nz

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