TCC backs home for nursery

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The near-homeless Tamahere Plant Nursery should be welcome in the new-look Tamahere recreation reserve, according to the Tamahere Community Committee.

At its February meeting the committee heard that a long search for a new home for the nursery had proved fruitless.

The community nursery, which provides low cost native plants to Tamahere residents and a number of important Waikato reserves, is on notice to leave its present Devine Rd home, which is due for demolition as part of the sports and recreation grounds development.

The nursery’s Jan Simmons told the committee that the nursery was not a commercial operation and was struggling to find a new home and get sponsorship or funding to cover relocation costs.

It would also require a resource consent wherever it was re-housed, which was a cost it would be unable to meet, Simmons told the committee.

However, the Waikato District Council had recently agreed to fund the consent cost out of Tamahere Recreation Reserve funds, the committed heard.

The nursery, which has appealed to locals who might have suitable premises, needs a building measuring approximately 60m x 25m, with power and water on site, good road access and toilet facilities in the vicinity.

The committee proposed that the nursery be relocated within the recreation reserve on a site adjacent to the privately owned property near the Devine Rd-SH1 on-ramp intersection.

The full minutes of the Tamahere Community Committee meeting are available on the Waikato District Council website.

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