Friday 23 January 2015
Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool Closing for
Maintenance & Change of Weekend Hours
The Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool will close
for two days from 9 am on Wednesday 4 February and all day
Thursday 5 February.
The pool will re-open again on Waitangi Day, 6
February, from 10 am until 4.30pm.
Weekend hours will also revert back from 7 February
to 1pm - 4.30pm for Saturdays and from 10.30am until midday & 1pm - 4.30pm
Clutha District Council Corporate Services Manager
Alan Dickson said the brief shut down was so a water meter and other plant
maintenance work could be carried out to make the filtration system run more
Mr Dickson said the dates had been chosen to cause
the least disruption to pool users, with the school year having started
again by then.
Council regrets any inconvenience caused to members
of the public wanting to use the pool on those days, but the maintenance
work needs to be done to ensure continued reliable operation of the pool, Mr
The pool has been running well and without any major
temperature problems since re-opening in September following its annual
shutdown period over winter, during which upgrades were made to the water
Monday 19 January 2015
Balclutha Main Street Upgrade Closer to
Balclutha's main street upgrade is now in its last stage of preparation with
the detailed design, drawings and specifications needed for the tender
document being finalised.
Council expects to advertise for tenders to carry out this final phase of
the project on 31 January.
Manager District Assets Jules Witt said a three-week
tender period should mean a tender could be awarded by mid-March.
He said considerable work had been done to get to
this point of construction.
"It's exciting to think construction work on the
main street may be able to start at the earliest by the end of March,
especially after all the hard work and energy that has gone into the
While construction could start as early as the end
of March, the tender does provide for an alternative later start date of
late May or early June if substantial savings could be made by
construction companies working outside the peak construction period.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said that, like everyone else,
he was keen to see the project start.
"We have waited so long for this day but it is
imperative we get the timing right, so the disruption to businesses on the
main street is balanced against the optimal period for construction and
potential savings in tender prices."
"We are only going to get 'one shot' at this and our
overriding responsibility is to get the best value for the ratepayer money
being spent. So, while delays may be frustrating, it will be worth it in the
end," Mayor Cadogan said.
Tuesday 2 December 2014
Car Parking Survey
Clutha District Council will be conducting random
parking surveys in Balclutha and Milton during the next two weeks before
enforcing parking offences in the period leading up to Christmas.
This follows recent complaints about
people parking for too long on the main streets of the two towns.
During this survey period, any vehicles
parked for too long in restricted parking areas, for example car parks
marked P60, will be given a reminder of their overstay.
From the week beginning Monday December
15 until Christmas Eve, parking tickets will be issued ranging from $12 to
$57 depending on how long a vehicle occupies a car parking space.
Mayor Bryan Cadogan said it was not a
revenue gathering exercise.
"This is to help our local retailers by
keeping car parks turning over, so that they are available for all to use,
especially during the busy Christmas shopping period."
Mayor Cadogan said there were plenty of
other public parking areas behind many of the main street shops and down the
"People shopping and doing business in
our two main towns can do this with ease and don't have to pay for parking,
or use parking buildings to find a space."
Thursday 13 November 2014
Hina Hina Bridge
Clutha District Council is aware of some concerns
locally about the state of the Hina Hina Bridge, located near Owaka.
Weight and speed restrictions for the bridge were
implemented approximately five years ago and the Council’s expert bridge
consultant inspects the bridge regularly and reviews its safety.
The bridge was inspected in October, just last week
and then again today (November 13) to determine if any new deterioration,
which would be of concern, had taken place.
The latest expert advice based on an inspection
today is that there is no cause for concern about the immediate future of
the bridge given the current weight and speed restrictions in place.
There are two issues Council is urging people to be
aware of, firstly there is a potential risk to people or water craft
travelling under the bridge from falling debris and secondly, further
potential damage to the bridge from overloaded vehicles.
Signs have been purchased and will be erected in the
next few days to warn people about the risk of falling debris and people are
encouraged not to linger under the bridge.
The local yacht club has also been contacted to
advise members not to sail under the bridge.
The Council is looking at narrowing the bridge to
discourage use by heavy vehicles and there will be increased monitoring to
determine heavy vehicle use.
Members of the public are welcome to report any
sightings of heavy vehicles using the bridge to Council.
In the next few months and within the Long Term Plan
Process Council will be considering the long term future of the bridge; this
will take into account the current climate of constrained roading funding
and will include an economic assessment of the bridge.
It is worth noting that any proposed work on the
Hina Hina Bridge is likely to require New Zealand Transport Agency approval
for it to be affordable.
Residents get the chance to rate their Council's
residents have the opportunity to rate the performance of the Clutha
District Council during a resident
satisfaction survey that
gets underway next week.
The survey, which is being conducted by
telephone on behalf of Council by Key Research, begins on Tuesday 28 October
and will run for two to three weeks.
Council's Senior Policy Analyst Larissa
Brown said residents will be called at random on weeknights between the
hours of 5.00pm and 9.00pm, and between 10.00am and 8.00pm on weekends.
"They will be asked about a range of
Council services, including water, roads, wheelie bins, public toilets,
libraries and swimming pools, as well as the overall performance of
Council. The survey is an opportunity for those contacted to tell Council
what they think."
telephone survey is expected to take around
10 minutes to complete and
results are expected to be available later this year.
The survey seeks to achieve a
representation of residents across townships and rural areas of the Clutha
District and across various age groups and gender.
This is the
year Council has conducted a
Resident Survey. Results from previous years are available on the Council
Extended Summer Hours And Seasonal Pool Openings
Clutha residents will
have the chance to spend more time in the water this summer when the
Balclutha Centennial Pool extends its weekend opening hours.
From 1 November 2014
through to 1 February 2014 the pool will be open from 10.00am to 4.30pm on
both Saturday and Sunday.
Currently the weekend
hours are 1.00pm - 4.30pm on Saturday and 10.30am -12.00pm and 1.00pm -
4.30pm on Sunday.
Pools Supervisor Holly Ramsay said the extended opening hours followed
submissions from residents to the district annual plan.
"It is a three month
trial to see how popular longer opening hours will be, if people come in and
use the pool then we can look at extending the trial period or implementing
it again next summer."
The summer season at
Milton Centennial Pool begins at 3.00pm on Monday, November 3.
The Kaitangata Pool
will open mid-November.
The Lawrence Pool is
opening for a reduced season on December 22.
Thursday 04 September 2014
Swimming Pool Annual Closedown
The Balclutha Centennial
Swimming Pool has reopened following the annual shutdown period that lasted
The shutdown allowed for
maintenance to be carried out in addition to work identified by an
independent review of the pool water heating system.
The bulk of this work was to address issues with pool water
The upgrades to the pool
water heating system have been successful thus far and the performance of
the system is being closely monitored.
Additionally, during the
shutdown we investigated areas that may have contributed to water loss that
had closed the pool for a short period earlier in the year.
Within the areas investigated no primary source of water loss could
To do further investigation
would require a substantially longer shutdown with no guarantee we would
find an answer. There is still
therefore the potential of water loss affecting the pool temperature but we
will be monitoring the situation and the maintenance work just carried out
has made a substantial positive improvement to pool temperature variability.
For further information/comment, please contact:
Phone: 03 419 0200
The following press releases/newsletters are
Pounawea Sewerage Scheme (12
Balclutha Centennial Swimming Pool Annual Closedown
(Tuesday 5 August 2014)
Biodiversity funding for Sinclair Wetlands
(Wednesday 30 July 2014)
Balclutha Streetscape Upgrade public workshop
(Tuesday 29 July 2014)
Owaka draft reserve management plan update
(Thursday 24 July 2014)
Balclutha Liquor Ban extension approved
(Friday 4 July 2014)
Naish Park closed to public on Thursday 3 July 2014 for tree felling
(Tuesday 1 July 2014)
Balclutha Swimming Pool update
(Wednesday 25 June 2014)
New Otago Rural Fire Authority Launched (Wednesday 25 June 2014)
Council adopts Annual Plan 2014/15 (Tuesday 24 June 2014)
Balclutha Swimming Pool closure
(Tuesday 24 June 2014)
Submissions called for on draft reserve management plan for Owaka
(Tuesday 10 June 2014)
Balclutha Streetscape Upgrade - Options for the 'Town Heart'
(Tuesday 3 June 2014)
Awards to recognise community efforts
(TrustPower Media Release, Monday 26 May 2014)
Balclutha celebrates 100 years as a Carnegie Library
(Wednesday 14 May 2014)
Submissions close to Draft Annual Plan
(Tuesday 13 May 2014)
Get Dotted returns to Clutha
(Tuesday 6 May 2014)
Fire restrictions to be lifted
(Thursday 1 May 2014)
Draft Annual Plan released for public consultation
(Friday 11 April 2014)
New Chief Executive announced
(Thursday 10 April 2014)
Fire serves as reminder of changes to rules
(Monday 31 March 2014)
Elizabeth Street land and building purchase
(Friday 21 March 2014)
Two-stage replacement process for Livingstonia Park trees
(Friday 28 February 2014)
Resident Survey Results 2013 (Wednesday 26 February 2014)
Southern mayors present joint publication on shared services
(Monday 24 February 2014)
Settlement Support Forum (Tuesday 4 February 2014)
Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Newsletter February 2014
(PDF, 260kb, opens new window)
West Otago Community Newsletter February 2014
(PDF, 207kb, opens
Chance for Clutha youth to 'Get Dotted'
(Wednesday 29 January 2014)
Cloth Nappy Workshop coming to Lawrence
(Tuesday 28 January 2014)
2013 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
2012 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
2011 Media Release / Newsletter Archive
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