Sports and Recreation Committee Minutes - 21 August 2018


Minutes of a meeting of the Sports and Recreation Committee

Held in the Council Chamber, Civic House , 110 Trafalgar Street, Nelson

On Tuesday 21 August 2018, commencing at 9.02a.m.


Present:               Councillors T Skinner (Chairperson), I Barker, M Courtney, B Dahlberg (Deputy Chairperson), K Fulton, B McGurk and S Walker

In Attendance:     Councillor Paul Matheson, Group Manager Community Services (R Ball), Youth Councillors (C Leaper and S Cronin) and Governance Adviser (J Brandt)

Leave of Absence: Her Worship the Mayor R Reese on Council business

Apologies :           Nil         



1.       Apologies

2.       Confirmation of Order of Business

There was no change to the order of business.

3.       Interests

There were no updates to the Interests Register, and no interests with items on the agenda were declared.

4.       Public Forum


4.1            Tony Fitzwater - The use of Andrews Farm


Mr Fitzwater noted concerns about the changes at Andrews Farm and lack of consultation, in particular regarding the loss of green space in favour of a circle of very tall trees. Mr Fitzwater requested that the circle changes be reversed.

Mr Fitzwater further noted concerns regarding Betsy Eyre Park’s increasing unsuitability as a recreation space, with cars taking up the green space, and close proximity to roads and the stream. 


4.2       Murray Cameron and Malcolm Saunders - Champion Green Facilities Committee


Mr Cameron and Mr Saunders presented their memo regarding Champion Green Future Developments (attached A2034613) and emphasised that the Champion Green Facilities Committee would like to be consulted. They requested to share their cost saving ideas with Nelson City Council, in particular for the Champion Road to Saxton Field road link, velodrome parking and other related matters.



1    A2034613 - M Cameron and M Saunders, Champion Green Facilities Committee


4.3       James Scoltock and Erica Richards- Vertical Limits Ltd  


Mr Scoltock presented his open letter to Council (attached A2035367). He noted that the current lease for Vertical Limits was expiring and asked for financial support from Council to help build a new centre for indoor rock climbing, or assistance in finding a suitable interim venue.

Mr Scoltock noted that a venue with a 15m wall would allow for national and international climbing competitions to be held in Nelson.



1    A2035367 - J Scoltock and E Richards, Vertical Limits



5.        Confirmation of Minutes

5.1       3 July 2018

Document number M3597, agenda pages 5 - 11 refer.

Resolved SPO/2018/036

That the Sports and Recreation Committee

Confirms the minutes of the meeting of the Sports and Recreation Committee, held on 3 July 2018, as a true and correct record.

Dahlberg/McGurk                                                                  Carried





6.     Chairperson's Report    

6.1     Chairperson's report


The Chairperson presented his report and commended volunteers and organisations for their work making events happen in Nelson.

In regards to the Akersten Street boat ramp it was noted that the pontoon had been completed ahead of time and under budget. The Marina Working Party was noted as a successful model.


Resolved SPO/2018/037

That the Sports and Recreation Committee

Received the report Chairperson’s Report.

Dahlberg/Barker                                                                             Carried

7.       Adoption of the Parks and Reserves Asset Management Plan 2018-28

Document number R9157, agenda pages 12 - 18 refer.

Property and Facilities Asset Planner, Paul Harrington and Manager Parks and Facilities, Rosie Bartlett presented the report. A correction to page 13 of the report was noted, i.e. that item 4.2.1 should read ‘funding for mountain biking increased by $190,000’ (correction underlined).

Property Parks and Facilities Asset Manager, Andrew Petheram answered questions about Andrews Farm and Reserve, noting that extensive consultation had been undertaken with community groups and residents and that the changes being implemented were in direct response to the consultation undertaken.

Officers answered questions about the AMP, in particular dog walking; the number and location of rubbish bins along the Maitai esplanade; public toilets in Queens Gardens; fly tipping; and the Tahuna Beach to Great Taste Trail (airport).

Officers were asked to note the following areas to be considered for future iterations of the Asset Management Plan (AMP):

·        support for disc golf and archery through suitable sites;

·        dog walking as a standalone activity needing emphasis;

·        investigate the weed management alternatives to glyphosate as used by other councils;

·        the concept of ‘nature strips’ as biodiversity corridors in road reserves;

·        collaboration with the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary to increase the number of walking tracks, similar to the collaboration with the Mountain Bike Club;

·        adequate seating on walking tracks and in reserves;

·        consider levels of service for water fountains, inclusiveness and accessibility for playgrounds;

·        review riparian planting numbers as a measure for Esplanade and Foreshore Reserves’ ecological values level of service;

·        adequacy of equipment at Saxton Stadium.


Resolved SPO/2018/038

That the Sports and Recreation Committee

Receives the report Adoption of the Parks and Reserves Asset Management Plan 2018-28 (R9157) and its attachment (A2004774).

Courtney/Dahlberg                                                               Carried


Recommendation to Council SPO/2018/039

That the Council

Adopts the Parks and Reserves Asset Management Plan 2018-28 (A2004774) amended to reflect the approved Long Term Plan 2018 – 2028.

McGurk/Courtney                                                                  Carried



There being no further business the meeting ended at 11.03a.m.


Confirmed as a correct record of proceedings:




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