Council seeks feedback on long-term plan

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Central Otago residents have until Anzac Day to have their say on key projects that will change the face of the district.

The Central Otago District Council (CODC) has put out the call for feedback on its consultation document for the long-term plan 2021-31.

Among the projects set out in the document — dubbed ‘‘Framing our Future’’ — are proposals and options for district museum function, the Cromwell master plan, the Roxburgh community pool upgrade, the Alexandra Riverside Park development, and the Omakau community hub.

The latter will develop a purpose-built, multi-use community facility at the Omakau Recreation Reserve.

Omakau’s community hall and rugby clubrooms are both aged and need major renovations or full replacement to bring them up to standard.

It is proposed funding would come from community fundraising, funding agency grants and a Vincent community ratepayer contribution of $1 million.

In Roxburgh, the almost century-old Roxburgh Pool is showing its age and the Roxburgh Community Pool Group is keen to replace it.

The Teviot Valley Community Board has been asked to help support this project with a one-off payment of up to $500,000 towards construction, plus an annual operating grant.

The Alexandra Riverside Park Trust has a vision to rejuvenate lower Tarbert St in Alexandra, by creating a new public space at the confluence of the Clutha and Manuherekia Rivers.

The trust has requested $650,000 in support from the Vincent Community Board to support the stage 1 development.

Cromwell is Central Otago’s fastest growing town and one of the fastest growing in the country.

Because of this, the Cromwell Community Board started the Cromwell master plan in 2018 to provide for growth and look at the town centre and community facilities.

The town centre projects include demolition of some existing buildings, new buildings including a library, service centre and resource centre, and landscaping, while the arts, culture and heritage precinct includes building a new hall/ events centre, and a new museum near the site of the Cromwell Memorial Hall.

When it comes to museums, the CODC’s role needs to be better defined.

The level of support for museums by the community boards grants programme varies across the district.

In some cases, the buildings museums are housed in are council-owned and in others they are not.

Across the four wards, ratepayers at present provide museum funding of $167,200 via the grants programme and a further $180,100 in maintenance and running costs per annum.

It is proposed the council has an ongoing role to ensure ratepayer money spent in the museum sector is used for the betterment of all the wards’ efforts and a district-wide function would be better delivered in-house by the council.

– To find out more about the various proposals go to www.codc.govt.nz/framing-our-future