Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee





Minutes of a meeting of Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee held in the Les Brown Heritage Centre, 61 Foster Road, Thornbury on Thursday, 27 July 2017 at 5.30pm.






Iain Bulling



Neville Hancox



Stuart Shaw



Dianne Wilson



Councillor Stuart Baird





Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton


Community Partnership Leader

Simon Moran






Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee

27 July 2017



1          Apologies


Moved Member Bulling, seconded Member Hancox and resolved:

That the Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee accept the apologies for non-attendance from Members Shearing and Irwin be accepted.


2          Leave of absence


There were no requests for leave of absence.


3          Conflict of Interest


There were no conflicts of interest declared.


4          Public Forum


There was no Public Forum.


5          Extraordinary/Urgent Items


There were no Extraordinary/Urgent items.


6          Confirmation of Minutes



Moved Member Wilson, seconded Member Shaw  

That the minutes of Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee meeting held on 11 May 2017 be confirmed as a true and correct record subject to: Item 14 being amended to read ….“suggestion for tractor rims”…….





Council Report

Record No:         R/17/7/15759


Simon Moran (Community Partnerships Leader) presented the report.


Mr Moran advised the purpose of the report is to provide an overview of key issues across the South land District, as well as high level local issues from various council units.


Mr Moran informed the report highlights various issues of interest including:


§  Bonamia Ostreae Response

§  Civil Defence Review

§  Fire and Emergency Management New Zealand

§  Open Spaces Strategy

§  Tourism Infrastructure Fund

§  Service Delivery scoping



§  Local Government Survey

Mr Moran advised the fundings from the latest survey reinforce the need for the sector as a whole to continue to focus on looking at ways to lift its performance and to also engage with communities about work it does.. The strategic priorities that Council has developed locally are constant with this overall theme.


§  Representation Review

Mr Moran informed planning is underway to meet both the statutory requirements of Representation Review and to inform and engage with the people of Southland.


§  Around the Mountain Cycle Trail

The meeting was advised that work is underway to look at how Council might progress development of the business case and is looking at options for the completion of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.


Mr Moran advised in regards to projects in the Thornbury township that have been completed include;

Ø  the hedge trimming in Foster Road

Ø  the timber climbing wall at the playground has been replaced


Mr Moran expressed appreciation to Member Wilson and her husband for the kind donation of a new heater for the meeting room at the Hall.  Mr Moran advised the heater is to be installed in conjunction with the heating upgrade in the main Hall.


At this point the Chair advised the Hall heating project is on hold due to possible asbestos being located around the existing wiring.  Member Bulling advised this is currently being checked out with Property staff.




Moved Member Bulling, seconded Member Shaw  and resolved:

That the Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee:

a)         Receives the report titled “Council Report” dated 19 July 2017.



Chairperson's Report


The Chairperson, Member Bulling, reported that the Old Fire Station has been declared unsafe due to being situated in a flood prone area.


The Chair advised Fire and Emergency New Zealand has advised a new Fire Station is to be built beside the Pedestrian Church on Foster Road.  Member Bulling suggested it appropriate that curb and channel work scheduled to be undertaken 2019/2020 be brought forward to the time of the build.

§   Member Shaw raised the issue of replacement plantings for the Hall suggesting fifteen new rhododendrons to be situated around the Hall.  Member Shaw provided a quote from Diacks Nursery of $39.99 per plant and sought the subcommittee approval for the purchase of the plantings.

Following discussion Members agreed to the purchase of fifteen rhododendrons from Diacks Nursery at a cost of $39.99 per plant and this project be funded from reserves. It was further suggested Member Shaw liaise with the Community Engineer to progress this project.


§  Member Shaw expressed concern at horses being ridden through the township fouling the road and when approached the riders are not prepared to clean it up.  Staff advised there is no Bylaw in place, however it was suggested that Member Wilson place an article on the Thornbury Facebook page as a friendly reminder to residents to keep the roads clean by removing deposited material and disposing of it in an appropriate manner.




Moved Member Wilson, seconded Member Bulling and resolved:

That the Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee:

a)         agrees to the purchase of fifteen rhododendrons from Diacks Nursery to be placed around the Thornbury Hall at a cost of $39.99 (GST incl) per plant and that funding of this project comes from reserves.



Councillor's Report


Councillor Baird advised the transition to merge Rural Fire Authorities with the NZ Fire Service to create Fire and Emergency Management NZ was completed on 1 July 2017.  This included the transfer of all Rural Fire Southland staff and assets into the new structure.

Councillor Baird added the Fire Service levy paid through council rates has now ceased and is now be included within Household Insurance policies.



The meeting concluded at 6.32pm                CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Thornbury Community Development Area Subcommittee HELD ON THURSDAY, 27 JULY 2017.