Clutha District Council Media Release

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Residents to be questioned about satisfaction levels as part of a wider Otago survey

A random selection of Clutha District residents will be contacted by the research company Versus over the coming weeks to measure their customer satisfaction levels with Council.

The results will form part of benchmark that participating Otago councils can use to compare results. The survey was commissioned by the Otago Mayoral Forum and will help Clutha District Council further understand what our residents think of our facilities and services.

It should not be confused with the annual Resident Survey that Council carries out which asks Clutha District residents questions a wide range of questions about Council.

This survey will see approximately 1700 people throughout Otago contacted by phone and the results for each district shared with the participating Councils.

Council Chief Executive Steve Hill said the results of the survey should allow Otago councils to learn from each other.      

"It will be useful to understand the differences between the districts in Otago and question what we are doing differently."

Phone surveys are expected to be completed by the end of May.


 Clutha District Council Media Release

Wednesday 24 February 2016

 Milton Pool Opening

 Clutha District Council is pleased to inform the Milton community that the Milton Pool will be opening on Saturday morning at 10.30am.

 The hours for Saturday, February 27th and Sunday February 28th will be 10.30am-12.00pm and then 1.00pm-4.00pm.

 We may have reduced hours during the first week or two as we continue to arrange pool staff, however we will keep people updated via Facebook.

 We are also planning to trial some extended hours during the shorter season and will run the pool as long we can keep it to heated to acceptable temperature. Hopefully, this means more people can use the pool in this half of the season.

 Repairs have been carried out to fix a fracture in the pool and Council will continue to investigate longer term options for the pool, in conjunction with the Milton community.

 The insurance company has also informed Council that they have accepted the claim for the cracks in the pool floor and have agreed to pay for repairing these.   

 "Meanwhile, I'd like to thank the community once again for its patience and hope all the swimmers enjoy their newly repaired and painted pool."

 Attributable Group Manager Service Delivery Jules Witt.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Thursday 4 February 2016

Papatowai Bridge

Papatowai Bridge in the Catlins will now be closed for major repairs from Monday, 29 February until 23 May 2016.

This is after the Papatowai Challenge takes place.

There will be detours in place.

However, the Council is aware this will have an impact on both locals and tourists.

Unfortunately, it is critical that the work on the bridge happens soon as otherwise weight restrictions will have to be imposed meaning commercial traffic such as tourist buses and logging trucks would not be able to use the bridge.

The deck of the bridge is being strengthened, but the piles of the bridge also need to be repaired and this involves work in the river.

Firstly, this work can only be carried during low river flows, which occur during the summer months.  Secondly, resource consent conditions mean work in the waterways (river) must be carried out before the end of April (and cannot occur again until October).

Detours will be put in place, but these will be on gravel roads.

We apologise for the impact this closure is going to have on local businesses and visitors to the Catlins, but it is not possible to carry out the work during winter months.

Council will have ongoing discussions with the contractor carrying out the project to minimise to the closure.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Thursday 24  December 2015

 Milton Pool Update

 Council wanted to let the Milton community know that contractors have now been engaged to do drainage and sealing work at the Milton Swimming Pool.

 Initial work has already started and will continue over the Christmas break with all the contractors  back on deck from January 5th.

 Council is confident the pool will be open by mid-February, but we're hoping to be able to open sooner than that, if work goes well.

 This means Milton locals will still have a couple of months to enjoy the pool this season.

 As we've said in earlier media releases a significant fracture, running the length of the pool, was discovered during the off-season.

 Council is still investigating longer term options for the pool and we'll keep the community informed as this work progresses.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Thursday 17 December 2015

New Zealand Transport Agency approves funding for Nuggets Road sealing project.
The NZ Transport Agency has approved a budget of up to $2.7 million to seal the Nuggets Road.
This follows Clutha District Council's decision in May to proceed with project as part of our 2015/16 Long Term Plan, but only as long as it qualified for financial assistance from the Transport Agency.
Now, the Transport Agency has approved funding at an assistance rate of 59.69%, meaning it will contribute $1.64 million dollars to the project, with the remaining costs to be covered by Council.
Clutha District Council Service Delivery Manager Jules Witt said this was great news for those living in the district, as well as those who visit the popular tourist spot, the Nuggets.
"We look forward to the improved safety and driving experience that this project will bring to a key destination in the Catlins area."
Council will now continue with detailed design work, and it is expected that the tendering process for construction will happen this summer, with construction itself expected to start in Autumn 2016.
The Transport Agency funding is part of the 2015-18 Otago Transport Investment Programme, which identified the sealing of Nuggets Road as one of four key projects to create transport solutions for a thriving Otago.
Jim Harland, Southern Region Director for the Transport Agency, said the sealing of the road would be of great benefit to visiting drivers and locals alike.

"Visiting drivers, in particular, have challenges driving on unsealed roads. Visitor numbers to Nugget Point have increased to more than 60,000 per year and the biggest challenge for visitor drivers and many local drivers on this unsealed road is loose gravel.  This sealing will enhance safety for everyone on this popular Southern Scenic Route."
The project is also part of the 2015-18 Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans and has been endorsed as a priority one project by the Otago/Southland Transport Committee.

 Clutha District Council Media Release

Friday 4 December 2015

Update on the Milton Pool

At yesterday's meeting of the Service Delivery Committee, Councillors gave Council staff the go-ahead to begin the process of repairing the cracks in the Milton Pool with the aim of opening it later this swimming season.

A  sealing solution and a number of repairs have been proposed by engineers to enable the pool to open in the summer of 2016, and Council has given direction for the staff to proceed with the initial works as soon as possible.

The estimated cost of these repairs and sealing work is up to $90,000, a significant part of which will be funded from the budget that was already set aside to the run the Milton Pool this season.

The community should be aware that this is only an interim repair measure, and while the engineers can offer no guarantees, it would be expected to last 3-5 years.

Work on longer-term solutions for the Milton Pool would be carried out during that time.

Council  held a vote on an interim option to provide a bus service to Balclutha for Milton swimmers, which was unsuccessful, but instead asked staff to bring back to Council at the 17 December meeting any options for possible temporary concessions for Milton swimmers at the Balclutha pool.

Council wants to thank all those who took the time to attend November's public meeting at the pool.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Friday 4 December 2015

Standard 'Summer Mode' water restrictions underway

 The onset of summer sees the normal 'Stage One - Summer Mode' water restrictions in place, these came into effect for the entire Clutha District from 1 December 2015.

 Service Delivery Manager Jules Witt said the 'Stage One - Summer Mode' restriction means watering is restricted to between the hours of 8pm to 8am only.

 This means that watering systems and sprinklers may be used during these times, but should not be left unattended and the occupier must ensure that water is not being used wastefully.

 Mr Witt said that while it may seem strange to have water restrictions given the recent wet weather, these minor restrictions are more about getting people into the habit of using water conservatively and hopefully avoiding more severe restrictions if dry conditions do prevail throughout summer.

 "It is also important to note that while many of the district's water schemes have plentiful sources, restrictions are required during times of high demand because the treatment plants and pipe capacity of schemes restrict the amount of water that can be delivered to consumers," Mr Witt said.

 This is also a reminder for those on the North Bruce Rural Water Scheme, where scheme flows are high for this time of year, to check for leaks and continue to be vigilant about not wasting water.

 Again, this will reduce the likelihood of more stringent restrictions in the future.

 Exemptions may be granted by Council on a case-by-case basis to commercial properties and for irrigation depending on the level of restrictions in place, the extent of the dry period, and the time of the year.

 Other tips for conserving water include:

  • Report water leaks in Council pipes and fittings to your nearest Council office, or call 0800 801 350 if outside of business hours.
  • Fix drips and leaks in your own plumbing and outdoor troughs etc.
  • Water the garden in the early morning or evening, and only as necessary.
  • Don't leave water running unnecessarily.
  • Showers are more economical than baths.
  • Use a bucket to wash the car.

Clutha District Council Media Release

Monday 30th November 2015

Official opening of Balclutha's main street upgrade

Balclutha's new-look main street will be officially opened on Saturday, 5 December and everyone is invited.

The short opening ceremony will be held at 12.40pm on the corner of Elizabeth and Clyde Streets and will be followed by a Christmas Parade, which starts at 1pm. 

Mayor Bryan Cadogan and local MP Todd Barclay will be at the opening.

Construction began in May with the work expected to last until the end of November. Council is delighted to be able to mark the official opening on 5 December, with almost all of the work now complete.

Council would like to take this opportunity to thank business owners and members of the public for their support and patience during the past few months, we know its been a long winter, but we’re delighted with the outcome of the project and think the CBD looks great.

Local residents can be proud of their shopping and business district and the new inviting main street should encourage visitors to stop and enjoy what Balclutha has to offer.

Overall, we believe the project has been a success and Council has already received a lot of positive feedback from residents and business owners.

The new main street should be a positive factor for the wider district, as Balclutha is our largest commercial hub.

There is a district-wide benefit in having vibrant towns and attractive main streets.

While the project is essentially finished, there will still be a few cosmetic details to complete after Saturday's opening such as the installation of the last timber posts, concrete planters and associated minor work.

However, in consideration of Christmas shoppers and our retailers, the contractors will not return to the site until February 2016 to finish the last few details.

We will not know the final cost of the project until about March next year, when all the final claims from contractors have been received.

The total project budget was $2.71 million, which included around $400,000 for undergrounding the powerlines and another $200,000 from the New Zealand Transport Agency for new street lights

Council expects that the project will be slightly over-budget, as of 13 November we had spent $1.8 million which is just under what we  expected to have spent by now.

However, as with most construction projects the bulk of the bills arrive at the end of the process once final quantities, etc. are known.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said he was thrilled with the upgrade, especially with what it means for the district as a whole.

"The main street project combines well  with our overall plan for the district's future growth and development.

 We have so much potential to grow as a district with the jobs and enviable lifestyle on offer, and developments such as this provide further stimulus for growth.

This is important because only through growth can we get the critical mass needed to contain Council costs in to the future."

Mr Cadogan encouraged everyone to visit the CBD  over the next few weeks and spend some time enjoying what's on offer.

Once again, we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. 


 The above can be attributed to Service Delivery Manager Mr Jules Witt, except for the comments from Mayor Bryan Cadogan.

Clutha District Council Media Release

Monday 16th November 2015

Public information session to be held about Milton Swimming Pool cracking

Council is concerned about keeping the Milton community up to date about this important community issue and as such has organised a public information session (details below).

This update follows the information we released in October that was covered in the Clutha Leader, Otago Daily Times, and on the Council’s website.

Extensive cracking was found in the base of the main pool at Milton's swimming pool complex during the off season.

A significant fracture has appeared running the length of the pool, with other secondary cracks radiating from it. 

Council engaged engineers to investigate the cracking in August once it was discovered.

We were advised that a temporary repair would not  necessarily be effective enough to allow the pool to open this season, so Council has been exploring other options.

Following an onsite meeting with elected members, Council staff, engineers and members of the public, plumbers have started assessing the pipe work associated with the pool to see if any pipes need replacing or repairing.

Core drilling began last week in the base of the pool to assess both the condition of the concrete and ground beneath the pool.

Council would then expect to know in the next week or two, whether a major repair is needed to the ground itself or whether a more straightforward repair job can be carried out to seal the pool in some way.

If only a sealing job is needed the pool may be able to open for at least some of the season, if major work is needed to the ground underneath the pool, it will almost certainly be closed for the season.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said initial indications are a long-term repair could potentially cost more than $100,000, and work is being carried out now to assess what the best repair option is.

"I want to stress that as a community we have to understand the serious implications of the cracking in the pool and realise it may not be a simple patch-up job, in fact a quick fix runs the risk of a catastrophic failure of the pool."

Once again Council knows this is disappointing for the Milton community and we have been in contact with the Milton Swimming Club to accommodate some swimmers, especially those who swim competitively, at the Balclutha Pool. 

The 33.7m x 13m pool is about 50 years old and is located within Taylor Park.

Public Meeting Details:

A public information session will be held at Milton Swimming Pool on Thursday, 26th November at 5.30pm.

Anyone wanting to know more is invited and it will be chance for people to ask questions, see the cracking in the pool and hear the latest information.


Clutha Development and Clutha District Council Media Release

Thursday 5 November 2015

Job Fair a great success

The Clutha-Dunedin Job Fair held in Dunedin yesterday was a great success with a strong turnout from both employers and job-seekers.

Clutha Development and Clutha District Council, in collaboration with Dunedin City Council, staged the event to promote job opportunities in the Clutha District to those living in Dunedin.

Using a speed dating format job seekers were able to book seven-minute slots with prospective employers during four-hour session from 3-7pm.

About 100 job seekers took part and 12 employers, including some of the Clutha District's largest employers.

There were roles on offer in the construction, primary industry, trade, local government and support services sectors.

Clutha District Mayor Bryan Cadogan said he was thrilled with the event , especially given it was the first time it had run.

"It was a tremendous response from both those looking for work and our local employers and I believe it'll be life changing for some of those who took part."

The fact is we've got more jobs in our district than people to fill them, so we're looking to Dunedin which is only an hour's drive away, he said.

"We are so fortunate as a district to have so many magnificent companies, but it is in everyone's best interest that we maximise their potential."

Clutha Development was the main organiser of the event and its chief executive Linda Moore was also heartened by the turnout.

"I was really impressed by the range of people who turned up, keen to find work and face up to potential employers".

The event is likely to run in the future.


Clutha District Council Media Release

Friday 6 November 2015

Residents' opinion of Council to be canvassed in annual survey

Clutha District residents will have the opportunity to rate the performance of the Clutha District Council during a resident satisfaction survey that gets underway next week (beginning 9 November).  

The telephone survey will be conducted by Key Research, on behalf of Council 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.

"The survey gives residents a chance to tell Council what they think about a wide range of Council services that play an important part in our communities such as roads, public toilets, wheelie bins and libraries."

They'll also have the opportunity to rate the overall performance of Council, Mrs Brown said.

"I encourage people to participate in the survey if contacted, as the results play a valuable role in Council's planning for the future and let us know where we're performing well and where we need to do better."

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.

The survey is expected to take around 10 minutes to complete and results are expected to be available later this year.

This is the ninth year Council has conducted a Resident Survey. Results from previous years are available on the Council website at   


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