Three ‘shovel ready’ projects prepared for post-lockdown

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Central Otago District Council has submitted three projects to the Infrastructure Industry Reference Group, a group set up by Government to seek out “shovel ready” infrastructure projects that can start quickly to stimulate the economy and reduce the economic impact of COVID-19.

The projects are the Clyde/Alexandra water and wastewater connection project, a Central Otago subdivision and development project, and a Central Otago pipeline and reservoir project.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said all three projects met the Government’s criteria of work that would be ready to begin as soon as the COVID-19 response level is suitable for construction to proceed.

“I take my hat off to staff who have put together strong applications for projects that will provide much-needed stimulus for our district’s economy and employment. Not only are these projects shovel ready, they are future ready projects that will deliver long lasting environmental, social and cultural benefits for our Central Otago community.”

The Clyde/Alexandra water and wastewater connection project is a major project that has commenced, but is likely to have delays to the timeline due to rising costs. This project has significant long term public health and environmental benefits.

The Central Otago subdivision and development project will provide much needed economic stimulus to the construction and building industries, and associated supply chains and trades, and will help address housing affordability. The $17.2 million project includes construction of the infrastructure for the next stage of the Gair Ave residential development, the Alexandra Pines residential development, and a new link road between Dunstan Road and Boundary Road industrial areas.

It would provide infrastructure that would allow direct release of 145 sections for residential development, and potentially a number of industrial and commercial lots. The link road would provide direct access to two commercia/industrial areas, as well as a bypass for heavy traffic to avoid residential neighbourhoods.

The Central Otago pipeline and reservoir project can be kick-started quickly and would provide much needed economic stimulus to the construction industry, as well as providing improved resilience for critical infrastructure.