Just a reminder to the community of Turangi that tomorrow evening (Tuesday 7 November) there is a Public Meeting organised by the Holmes Group to present further information relating to the proposed development at 25 Te Arahori Street.
This proposed development, as an on-going operation of both the BP Service Centre and the Quick Service Restaurant, is expected to generate economic activity within the Turangi District of $4m per annum and is likely to generate a total of 62 jobs.
For all of us who have an interest in this proposal, whatever your views regarding the effects it may have on the future of Turangi, please come along. This public meeting is an opportunity for the entire community to hear directly from the Holmes Group on their proposal.
A series of short presentations addressing a number of consent topics will be followed by a question & answer session.
The developer’s promotional meeting on the proposal above – to redevelop the Parklands property (in a residential zone!) with a 24 hour petrol station and fast foods outlet on the main intersection leading into Turangi, is generally at odds with TEDS (Turangi Economic Development Strategy), so it should be an interesting meeting.
The redevelopment proposal has stirred up a lot of intense local interest and criticism and generally divided Turangi, with those living or owning holiday property on the eastern river side of SH1 mainly opposed and those living on the western town side mainly supporting the proposal.
The former are fearful of noisy commercial intrusion on their quiet residential retirement life style area. The latter (who outnumber the former) anticipate more “jobs” and support any such investment to create such (part time?) jobs in Turangi.
(SWMBO – She Who Must Be Obeyed manages everything at TRM – typically remains annoyingly diplomatically neutral on any merits of this proposal, neither for or against, a bit like ‘Switzerland’.)
Watch this space.
Turangi Economic Development Strategy
Also TRM have often been asked about the recommendations in the long awaited Turangi Economic Development Strategy (TEDS) Report – that was produced a few months ago.
In particular absentee ratepayers, who have holiday homes but do not live here permanently, are intrigued by anything that might recognise the obvious geographical advantages and tourism potential that Turangi has to offer.
They have often expressed frustration and bewilderment as to why Turangi has not progressed further considering the natural tourism advantages, compared to many other tourist towns.
So the TEDS report was studied with more than usual interest.
For those interested, the “final” edited copy is 74 pages – although we were told the original was over 200? Many local residents are asking why it was edited at all? And by who?
TRM welcome your feedback on this report… The link is: