Patearoa, 17km south of Ranfurly, is a small farming centre with numerous distinctive historical cottages and mining relics. The plan covers through the Paerau area to the upper Taieri valley and it is 40 km west of Ranfurly and 1700 feet above sea level and this area was originally known as the Styx.
The area has a unique biodiversity with the Taieri River, Scroll Plain, Sowburn Creek, Great Moss Swamp and surrounding mountain area. There are also saline areas including salt flats, salt pans and the former salt lake which are unique to the area.
The population of the greater area is about 160 permanent residents with many more taking holidays there which is evidenced by the significant number of cribs in the Patearoa village.
Some of the key points that came out of the plan include:
- Hold regular community meetings where all local groups can update the community on their current projects.
- Advocate for the retention and improvement of services in the area.
- Provide a bridge on the walkway to enable ease of access and extend the track beyond Dykes Dam.
- Create a long term village landscape plan for Patearoa.
- Advocate for issues relating to water in the Maniototo.
- Continue to monitor and improve water quality in the area.
- Install metering in the town to monitor water usage.
- Assess the speed limit through the town with a possible view to extending the reduced speed zone.
- Creation of a camping ground at the former school site.
To view the Patearoa and Upper Taieri Community Plan click here.