Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan is encouraging Central Otago residents to make their views known on a landmark long-term plan for the district that includes various multimillion-dollar proposals.
The 2018-28 long-term plan included the biggest project proposed by the council, the $28.3million Clyde wastewater project, Mr Cadogan said.
It was twice the price of the previous biggest project proposed or carried out by the council, Mr Cadogan said.
The $10million Cromwell wastewater project is under way and the proposed Lake Dunstan water treatment project is budgeted at $14million.
However, at $28.3million the proposed Clyde wastewater project topped them both, and it was vital residents had their say on the topic and other items in the long-term plan, Mr Cadogan said.
“It is not a matter of the draft document being what council is going to do; it is a conversation starter saying ‘here’s what we believe needs done over the next 10 years. What do you [the community] think? What have we got right, what have we got wrong and what else do you want to see in there?”‘
While the Clyde wastewater project was obviously particularly relevant for Clyde residents, it mattered to other Central Otago residents too, because of the council’s policy that spread large infrastructure projects across all Central Otago districts, not just the area in which the project was based, Mr Cadogan said.
The council’s preferred option was for Clyde residents to pay a joining fee of $10,000 for stage one of the project, which would result in a pipe carrying sewage from Clyde to the Alexandra treatment plant.
Preferably, the pipe would be laid at the same time as the Lake Dunstan water supply pipe, which would save “several millions” of dollars, Mr Cadogan said.
An $830,000 upgrade to parts of Clyde’s historic precinct was also proposed in the council’s long-term plan.
Other projects were the investigation and design of Cromwell’s water upgrades at a cost of $900,000; Ranfurly and Patearoa water treatment upgrades ($900,000); and an upgrade of the Omakau water-supply pressure ($600,000).
Council chief executive Sanchia Jacobs said the council’s “Take 10 for 10” campaign encouraging residents to take 10 minutes to make a submission on the long-term plan had been extremely successful, and about 160 submissions had been received by the end of last week.
Many submissions arrived during the final week of submissions, and she hoped that would double to more than 300 by the April 30 closing date, she said.