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Issue#33 – Tuesday 5 March 2013
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Earthquake-prone policy concerns
extremely concerned that proposed changes to rules governing
earthquake-prone buildings are completely disproportionate to the level of
risk involved, and questions whether the economic and community costs of the
proposals are the best use of the community’s resources.
proposed changes put forward by central government include shortening
timeframes for earthquake-prone buildings to be assessed and strengthened,
as well as greater accountabilities and costs on councils.
submission on the proposals adopted at last week’s Council meeting, Mayor
Bryan Cadogan said his council accepted that prudent measures needed to be
taken on the issue in response to the tragic events in Christchurch in 2011.
any changes needed to be proportionate to the risk. Clutha had been assessed
as having a very low relative earthquake risk and therefore the finite
amount of council’s resources and ratepayers’ money would be better
channelled towards improving core infrastructure and/or mitigation against
the many other risks that individuals and communities face.
Mayor Cadogan pointed out that the Ministry of Building, Innovation and
Employment’s own research had indicated that bringing timeframes for
strengthening forward compared to current timeframes would have net present
value benefits of $12m nationwide for costs of around $759m – a benefit/cost
ratio of 0.016.
comparison, road safety projects are expected to have strongly positive
council battled to secure central government funding assistance to
strengthen a key strategic asset in the Clydevale Bridge, and we have
already been forced to reduce spending on road safety due to central
government funding constraints,” Mayor Cadogan said.
other hand we are being asked to spend millions of dollars on earthquake
assessments for very little benefit. It is difficult to imagine the
government intends this to be a benchmark for cost-effectiveness and
information, including a copy of Council’s submission, is available on the
Council website by
Council submits against potential mail delivery cutbacks
also signed off on a submission opposing NZ Post’s proposals to amend its
minimum service obligations, which could potentially see mail delivery
reduced to three days a week.
believes the proposals will be of particular concern to residents on rural
delivery routes, where the daily service is about more than just mail. Other
key services that help our communities function include delivery and pickup
of parcels, courier items, newspapers, basic grocery items, vet supplies,
and medical supplies and prescriptions.
believes that while mail volumes are decreasing due to the increasing use of
technology, a substantial portion of our rural communities do not have, and
some may never have, reasonable Broadband access. These rural New Zealanders
should not be penalised with a less frequent service and the inefficiencies
and higher costs of getting to a central pick up point on non-delivery days.
Our farming sector has certainly raised concerns about the impact reduced
delivery could have on their agribusiness operations.
information about the proposal is available on the Ministry of Business,
Innovation and Employment website by
The deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday 12 March 2013.
Council agrees to $10,000 for commercialisation of Trail
Council has agreed to provide $10,000 to the Clutha Gold Trail Charitable
Trust for the commercialisation of the trail.
Chief Executive Charles Hakkaart says that with the 73km trail between
Lawrence and Roxburgh set to open, it is important to make sure the trust
optimises all opportunities to gain income from trail users for ongoing
operation and maintenance.
Mr Hakkaart says successful commercialisation is important so that right
from the start of operating the trail, the opportunity to make an income is
planned for and managed.
Council has previously agreed to set aside $10,000 a year for future
maintenance of the trail.
The Trust had asked that the $10,000 for commercialisation be uplifted from
the maintenance fund. However, Council felt it was important to allow the
maintenance fund to build up for that purpose.
“It is expected that even with income from trail opportunities being
optimised, that Council will at some point be required to contribute to the
maintenance of the trail infrastructure,” Mr Hakkaart says.
In granting the $10,000 for commercialisation at their meeting last week,
some councillors made it clear that any future requests for trail funding,
other than budgeted maintenance, should go through an Annual Plan submission
Tapanui water and sewage treatment plants open day – 10 March
Council has recently completed major upgrades of the Tapanui water supply
and the Tapanui sewage treatment system.
As such, Council, on behalf of the West Otago Community Board, will host an
open day at the water treatment plant, followed by the sewage treatment
plant, on Sunday 10 March as follows:
12.30pm to 2.30pm: visit the Tapanui
water treatment plant located near the end of Whisky Gully Road. Two guided
tours of approximately half an hour will take place; one starting 1pm, and
the other starting 2pm.
3.00pm to 5.00pm: visit the Tapanui
sewage treatment plant located at the intersection of Station Road and
Duncan Road North. Again, two guided tours of approximately half an hour
will take place; one starting 3.30pm, and the other starting 4.30pm.
Tapanui received 80% government assistance for the total $750,000 upgrade of
its water supply, which was required due to legislation which requires all
drinking water supplies to “take all practicable steps” to comply with the
New Zealand Drinking Water Standards 2005. The work has included a major
upgrade of the treatment plant as well as the installation of a new water
reservoir for Tapanui which has increased the security of the township’s
The $676,000 sewage treatment upgrade was required to meet stricter consent
conditions and ensure the treated sewage being discharged is of an
acceptable quality. The ‘Biofiltro’ system uses proprietary technology
originating from Chile to treat sewage effluent in a small and low-cost
plant. The treatment is based on the digestion of sewage by a bioactive
sawdust bed supported by a rock drainage method.
More information about the respective systems will be available on the day
and Council staff will be on-site to guide people through the respective
All are welcome to attend.
Youth development programme options to be explored
Council will explore the option of making agreements with, and providing
funding to, suitable organisations in the community to continue delivery of
its youth development programmes.
Previously these services were delivered by Enterprise Clutha who employed
Youth Development Coordinator Daniel Maze.
Enterprise Clutha received $42,000 in council funding a year to deliver
these services, with the remaining $40,000 provided by charitable
organisations and central government.
As part of last year’s restructuring of how District Development services
would be provided in the district, it was proposed that Council would take
over the employment of a Youth Development Coordinator who would continue to
deliver the youth programmes.
Unfortunately Mr Maze had since resigned from the position to take up new
employment. This meant that Council had to decide if it was best placed to
employ a new coordinator and provide the training, mentoring and support for
a new person in that role.
It was also likely that Council would have to increase its current
contribution to the Youth Coordinator position from $42,000 to $62,000 due
to the expectation that alternative funding sources would continue to
After a lengthy debate at last week’s meeting, Council decided it would
explore the option of making agreements with, and providing funding of up to
$25,000 a year, to suitable organisations in the community to deliver youth
The general consensus amongst councillors was that while the youth
development programmes had undoubtedly been hugely successful, they were not
necessarily a core function of local government and there was concern at the
increasing costs involved for ratepayers.
Most councillors felt it was unfair for central government to expect local
authorities to keep picking up the tab for non-core services, while at the
same time providing less assistance in core areas such as roading.
Council is still committed to providing youth development programmes in the
district. However, it is also mindful of the fact that Council itself is not
best placed to deliver these programmes in the most effective and efficient
Balclutha streetscape update
Council has selected three different design consultants to provide proposals
for the Balclutha main street upgrade - MWH/LA4 Partnership, Baxter/SouthRoads
Traffic Design Group Partnership, and Boffa Miskell.
The consultants will now put together concept designs and estimates for the
A working party made up of members of the Balclutha Traffic Management Study
Reference Group, plus several main street retailers, will then help to
select concept designs before putting them out to the wider public for
Council has chosen three design consultants so that a range of options can
be presented for consultation with the public. At this stage, we expect the
concept designs will be released for public consultation around the middle
of the year.
Through last year’s Long Term Plan process, Council set a total budget of
$2.6 million for the project including $400,000 for the undergrounding of
power lines in the main CBD area and $550,000 worth of footpath upgrades.
Exactly what the rest of the upgrade will include will depend on the
proposals received. But it could potentially include redesign of road
layouts, new street furniture and plantings to enhance the area.
Youth Council chosen for 2013
The 2013 Youth Council is up and running, with plenty of new faces and a new
Chairperson elected at the inaugural meeting on 18 February.
Workplace representative Kelsey Harrison, a marketing consultant at the
Clutha Leader, was elected Chairperson, while South Otago High School head
boy Richard Blair was elected Deputy Chair.
Kelsey is one of 10 new representatives on this year’s Youth Council, along
with Zoe Hancox (Blue Mountain College), Nikeisha Clarke and Tyler Ford
(Catlins Area School), Leaha Dickey (Lawrence Area School), Hayley Smith (SOHS),
Olivia Adam (Tokomairiro High School), Kate Morrison (workplace
representative, Fonterra Stirling), and two Telford representatives to be
They join returning members Garth Devereux (BMC), Holly Wilson (LAS),
Richard Blair (SOHS), Samantha Allan (THS), and councillors Ron Davis and
The Youth Council is designed to encourage youth to be involved in their
community, local government, and provide a voice and direction on things in
our district that affect young people.
Resident satisfaction increases for footpaths, pools
in upgrading footpaths and swimming pools appears to be paying off according
to the results of the latest Clutha District Council Resident Survey.
The Resident Survey 2012
was conducted via phone over two and a half weeks in November last year. A
total of 605 randomly selected residents took part and were asked about
their satisfaction with various Council services.
for most services was fairly stable compared to previous years.
However, there were
large increases in ratings for footpaths (41% in 2011 to 63% in 2012) and
swimming pools (43% in 2011 to 66% in 2012).
This seems to reflect
the community’s recognition of the considerable efforts and expenditure in
these areas over the past 12 months, with the completion of swimming pool
upgrades at Balclutha and Milton, and the continuation of Council’s
programme to upgrade footpaths around the district.
for Council’s wheelie bin service dropped from 95% in 2011 to 79% in 2012.
This drop was anticipated due to the introduction of the new kerbside
recycling service in April last year seeing the frequency of collection for
refuse decrease from weekly to fortnightly.
However, while it would
appear to be a reduction in service, the new kerbside collection service is
as much about trying to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill as it
is encouraging recycling.
satisfaction rose slightly for most other Council services, with library
services and information and service centres (97%) receiving the highest
wishes to thank all those who took part in the survey which provides
valuable feedback in terms of providing a tool to help Council
Resident Survey 2012 report can be viewed online at
District Inspector departing after 31 years
Many readers will have encountered our District Inspector Ray Applegarth
over the years.
It is with regret we advise that Ray has resigned to take up an
environmental health and building position at Central Otago District
This is a good move for him personally as it will allow him to live
full-time at his new house in Clyde. However, it ends a 31-year career with
Council and its predecessors and his skills, expertise, and experience will
certainly be missed.
Ray finishes on 8 March and we wish him all the very best for the future.
Upcoming Council Meetings
West Otago Community Board
Wed 13 March
Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board
Wed 13 March
Mon 18 March
Thu 28 March
Thu 11 April
forget to check out the Events page on the district
website for a comprehensive list of upcoming community events.
Clutha District Council
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