Feilding Herald : December 15th 2011
13 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011 THE COACH HOUSE A GIANT STEP UP In 2011 the Bowen Street building was sold, a 20 year lease signed for the South Street building (peppercorn rental and right to purchase at anytime); working drawings prepared; feasibility study ordered, and funding applications lodged. The move to larger premises represents a GIANT STEP UP: - The new building will be three times the size. The large grounds will provide space for outdoor displays and room for further expansion -- 'future proof' the enterprise. The displays will cover more than twice the present area. • The number of volunteers required will multiply. • The planned opening hours will increase. • The marketing plan developed will lift visitor numbers from the • present 4,000 per year to 5,000 and to 10,000 within the next 10 years. Running costs will more than double. • The business plan specifically addresses the issues of STEPPING UP to this whole new level of activity and covers: Volunteers-- Ambassador's recruitment and training • Already introductory time at South Street has started • Marketing • A broad reaching plan has been adopted -- this community • awareness being a part Finance • A never ending issue for community projects -- a community • wide appeal is imminent Plans are in place including the relocation of existing displays and development of new displays taking shape. The Archive will be replicated with the addition of a visitor research area where access to the database will be available. Vehicle parking for cars and buses will be available off-road and on- site adjacent to the main entrance. Visitors from out of town will be able to park, gather their thoughts, visit the Coach House, attend to their personal comfort, avail themselves of a cup of coffee, before deciding to visit the other special places of the Manawatu. We believe, Destination Manawatus' exploring, 'The Çountry Road' will start with a visit to The Coach House. BREAKING IN THE LAND The first European settlers to this area had a formidable task to 'break in' the land. Certain parts of the countryside had stands of millable timber and the initial areas to see sawmill activity were Taonui and Colyton. James Bull (he was to gain enough revenue to establish the township of Bulls) and William and Walter Bailey were among the first mill owners. All over the Manawatu District there were sawmills. Now long gone their history is forgotten. Places like Livingstone for instance which was on the bluff above the Rangitikei River where the road bridge now crosses the river on Vinegar Hill Road. Bullock teams and horse teams were of paramount importance. They were used to cart timber to the saw mills. Bush tramways had temporary wooden rails laid in the bush to carry out the logs. The roads in Pohangina Valley named 1, 2, 3 and 4 lines started out as bush tramways. With the best timber milled and railed out on the bush tramways the remaining bush and scrub was put to the torch and burned. Grass was the first crop and money was to be made harvesting the seed. Gradually areas were cleared of stumps, fenced and stock raised to make rich farmland. The massive root structures of trees had to be removed and horses and bullock teams took part in stumping and levering these out of the ground. Only then could the horse be harnessed to the plough so the land could be harrowed and cultivated for crop and grass sowing. Every settler knew the importance of having a stand of oats and barley. This was summer harvested and threshed using horse power again and stored to provide necessary winter fodder for the indispensable workhorse. FEILDING & DISTRICTS Horse-Drawn Era Museum 4247966AA Kimbolton ready for Christmas trade Big change: Mayor Ian McKelvie unveils the plaque on Kimbolton Rd after officially opening the redevelopment of a section of the road on Sunday. Photo: SANDRA CROSBIE By SANDRA CROSBIE Feilding s Kimbolton Rd redevelopment was officially opened on Sunday just before the Christmas parade. Mayor Ian McKelvie cut a rib- bon and revealed a plaque on one of the brick planters. The street beautification work has gone according to plan and Feilding Promotion is delighted with the results, having worked closely with the Manawatu Dis- trict Council, Fulton Hogan con- tractors and GHD consultants. The key outcome is the change of status for this section of the road, from an open unat- tractive thoroughfare, now to a pedestrian-friendly shopping precinct environment with more parking, said Feilding Pro- motion manager, Helen Worboys. This has been achieved with long planter boxes around the Stafford St intersection designed to slow traffic down and the new double-angled park- ing and trees down the centre. Paved footpaths, banners, Feilding-designed rubbish bins and wrought iron fencing are to be followed up with street light- ing, seating, cycle stands and a LED display board. Completion of the redevelop- ment will be welcomed by busi- nesses which were affected by the inconvenience and mess. Buttercup Cafe has already made use of the wider verges by creating more space for outdoor seating. Worn-out water mains take funding away By BOBBIE NICHOLLS Juggling the Feilding water ren- ewels budget has been necessary to keep up with the unexpected deterioration of underground services discovered during sched- uled roadwork. Recent roadworks in and around Kimbolton Rd CBD area has exposed water mains in need of replacement. It is practical both in time and in cost to make the replacements during the road improvements, so funding has been diverted from other renewal projects to allow this to happen. This is a very practical option as it maximises efficiencies that exist on the work site -- dig once, one contractor, one traffic disrup- tions, MDC s infrastructure group manager Wayne Spencer said. The renewal of underground services in advance of or in con- junction with road improvements creates an opportunity to save on the overall cost of service replace- ment. This ensures that new roads are not excavated for pipe repairs soon after completion, Mr Spencer s report to Manawatu District Council said. But the work from which the money was diverted is still required, in order to stay ahead of the roading programme and carriageway upgrade works in future years. Factors which influence the cur- rent work programme include the cast iron water pipe found in Staf- ford St between Fergusson and Eyre Sts. It was identified in the asset management system as having 20 years life remaining, but the pipe was found to be in poor condition and requiring renewal at a cost of $65,000. Seddon St is on the programme for road improvements early next year and while the asbestos cement water pipe is in good con- dition, there are long copper later- als crossing the road which are in poor condition. The plan is to replace copper laterals with a 50 millimetre rider main out of the carriageway. The cost is $85,000. The third road improvement project for this financial years is Denbigh St stage 3a which includes the replacement of the cast-iron water mains including the mains crossing the Denbigh St Bridge at a cost of $150,000. The total of $300,000 was rec- ommended to be advanced from the 2012-2013 budget to allow the projects to be completed this financial year.
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