All three of Central Otago’s Otago’s shovel-ready infrastructure projects are a step closer to fruition after being shortlisted by the Government.
The three projects submitted by the Central Otago District Council to the Infrastructure Industry Reference Group made the grade and are a step closer to receiving government support after making the shortlist of 802, from 1924 projects submitted nationwide.
The projects are seen as ways of stimulating the economy in a post-Covid-19 environment.
They comprise the Clyde-Alexandra water and wastewater connection project, the Central Otago pipeline and reservoir project and the Central Otago subdivision and development project.
Council executive manager infrastructure services Julie Muir said the projects were on the Industry Reference Group list sent to Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones last week — something she was ‘‘really delighted’’ about. ‘‘It’s no guarantee that our projects will be funded but to get to this next stage and still be in the running is great news.”
Executive manager planning and environment Louise van der Voort said the Central Otago subdivision and development project ‘‘would provide much needed economic stimulus to the construction and building industries, and associated supply chains and trades, and will help address housing affordability’’ provided it was successful.
– The Clyde-Alexandra water and wastewater connection project is a major project already under way, but is likely to face delays due to rising costs.
It combines stage 1 of the Clyde wastewater reticulation programme and the Lake Dunstan water supply upgrade.
The application is for additional funding of $16.3 million to enable water treatment for the combined Alexandra and Clyde scheme to meet New Zealand drinking-water standards, and for increased estimated costs on the wastewater project.
Costs water treatment have increased due to the presence of lindavia algae, and costs for stage 1 of the wastewater reticulation construction and main pump station may be higher than originally estimated.
– The Central Otago pipeline and reservoir project can be kickstarted quickly and would provide economic stimulus to the construction industry, as well as for critical infrastructure.
Estimated to cost $14.3 million, it includes projects scheduled in the council’s long-term plan for 2023. However, the projects could be brought forward as they require no land or resource consent, nor consultation.
The package includes construction of dedicated rising mains at Cromwell and Bridge Hill in Alexandra, reservoir construction at Pisa and Alexandra, and a new water pipeline to Bannockburn.
– The $17.2 million Central Otago subdivision and development project includes construction of infrastructure for the next stage of the Gair Ave and Alexandra Pines residential developments, and a new link road between Dunstan Rd and Boundary Rd industrial areas.
It would provide infrastructure that would allow direct release of 145 sections for residential development, and potentially industrial and commercial lots.
The link road would provide direct access to two commercialindustrial areas, as well as a bypass for heavy traffic.