Redevelopment on track for completion next month

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It has been one of the more controversial projects for Cromwell but redevelopment of the town’s “big green welcome mat” is on schedule for completion by the end of next month, the Central Otago District Council (CODC) says.

Redevelopment of the Big Fruit Reserve beside State Highway 8B was included as part of the $3million-plus Cromwell town centre project flagged by the council and the Cromwell Community Board in 2010.

Plans were put on hold when the cost of that part of the project looked like spiralling to more than $1million. The budget was eventually trimmed and Alexandra firm Dunstan Contracting began work in July within a $770,000 budget.

Council parks team Ian Mann leader told The News this week the project was now “on track” for completion at the end of November, in plenty of time for the summer season.

The car park had been sealed and all edging and shaping of the earth mounds was now complete.

Irrigation was now working at either end of the reserve and helping with the dust suppression, Mr Mann said. Foundations for stone walls were also being installed.

“About 5000 shrubs and 48 trees will be planted.”

Mr Mann met the Cromwell Garden Club last week to discuss the landscaping plan, which had been well received by the group.