The Horowhenua District Council has reached an agreement with Kiwirail Limited to occupy the railway land at Manakau; specifically that parcel of land containing an area of seven thousand and eighty nine square meters (7,089 m2) situated at Manakau as show in blue on plan L64784-1.
The Manakau District Community Association (MDCA) and the Horowhenua District Council (HDC) agree to work together on the beautification and maintenance of this new extension of the existing Driscoll Park to include the railway land.
The extension should be in keeping with the typical landscaping of the existing reserve and the Manakau Village.
All plans and work must be approved by both the MDCA Committee and HDC before it begins.
This project will enhance the southern gateway to the Horowhenua.
The Manakau District Community Association and the Horowhenua District Council note that there is fibre optic cable located on this land; and that it must not be interfered with or disturbed; and that they must indemnify Vodafone and Kiwirail for any liability, claim, damage or loss. The exact location of the fibre optic cable and the two metre strip centred on the cable will be identified to ensure that there is no interference including excavation or subterranean activities within this two metre strip.
The MDCA will establish a working group administered by the MDCA Committee to draw up plans including a planting plan.
The concept plans will be drawn up by a landscape designer for public consultation in collaboration with the HDC.
All work must be within the budget which will be agreed between the parties (MDCA and HDC) and reviewed annually.
There will be a separation of this land from the railway line by a fence or hedge.
The final park area should be open, such that the personal safety of all park users is not compromised.
The location of the existing firefighting water supply tank may be reviewed.
The flag poles may be re-sited to a new location; while the cenotaph will remain in its current location.
The Rimu and Pohutukawa trees beside the cenotaph will be retained.
The MDCA and HDC will work together on this project plan.
All plans and work must be approved by both the MDCA Committee and HDC before work begins.
Current vegetation on the new extension may be cleared, subject to agreement between the MDCA and the HDC.
The MDCA will canvass Manakau residents for volunteers to assist where and when required.
The MDCA will canvass Manakau residents and businesses for sponsorship.
The MDCA plan to involve the Manakau School children to make this area a place that not only locals, but also visitors and passing travellers, can use and be very proud of.