The Long Term Plan sets out the services and projects Council intends to deliver to the community over a 10-year period and how these will be funded. It also captures the long-term visions for the district and outlines what Council will do to contribute towards achieving these.

Remember, that Council won't be approving a Draft Long Term Plan and Consultation Document until 2015 and it is at that time that residents, ratepayers and stakeholders will get to have their say on these and other key issues facing them, their communities and the district.

But, as part of the process for the writing the 2015/25 Long Term Plan, Clutha District Councillors are attending a series of workshops on key topics.

Information discussed at the workshops is posted below to keep residents and ratepayers informed.

Transportation Workshop - 26 November 2014

A workshop was held in November to talk about roads and bridges and other transportation topics, below are the main points that were up for discussion.

Currently, the Council spends about $14 million a year on local roads and in the past 61% of that has come from central government.

However, that figure, known as the Financial Assistance Rate or FAR, will drop to 59% over the next two years.

Clutha has the third longest network of local roads in the country, with almost 3000km - about 850km of that is sealed.

The standard of roads across New Zealand is also under the microscope, as part of the New Zealand Transport Agency's One Network Roading Classification (ONRC), the aim being to give motorists the same roading experience whether they're driving in Gisborne or Otago.

The change in FAR and the ONRC mean the level of service for some of Clutha's roads will also change.

If we choose to maintain our roads to a better level of service than the 'national standard' set by the NZTA, then Council would have to pay for that work.

With resources needing to stretch further, money needs to be spent on roads where ratepayers will get the "best bang for their buck".

While Council believes the district's roads are currently in a significantly better state than the targets being set by the NZTA, especially our sealed roads, the result of these changes in the roading landscape meant Councillors debated the following subjects at the Transportation Workshop.

  • Whether to reduce the capital programme for sealed roads, this would mean less road rehabilitations and resealing as the current standard is believed to be generally higher than what would be funded under the NZTA   

  • One Network Roading Classification.   It would result in a minor increase in spending on maintenance and drainage and create a minor increased risk of one-off sealed road failures.

  • Whether to use some of the savings from spending less, to create a contingency fund for any failures on the sealed road network.

  • To make no major changes to the programme for unsealed roads, at this stage.

  • To fund depreciation for bridge repairs and replacements depreciation at the current level.

  •  Investigating options and carrying out economic analysis of the Hina Hina Bridge, to prioritise it in terms of work needed on the overall bridge network

  • Whether to include funds in the 2015/16 budget for further work on areas held over from the Balclutha main street upgrade, such as the town hall area.

  • Whether to include funds to seal the Nuggets Road, this would be subject to NZTA approval and part funding.

  • Whether to fund footpath depreciation from now on to maintain and repair the existing footpath network.

  •  Whether to proceed with a business case for changing to LED street lighting.




The Long Term Plan sets out the services and projects Council intends to deliver to the community over a 10-year period and how these will be funded.


It also captures the long-term visions for the district and outlines what Clutha District Council will do to contribute towards achieving these.


The final Long Term Plan was adopted at a special meeting on Thursday 21 June starting at 5.30pm.


If you are looking for the Long Term Plan 2009-19, please click here



Entire Draft Long Term Plan 2012-22 (PDF, 7.4MB, opens new window)

The entire 200+ page plan, or download individual sections below.


Auditors Report (PDF, 1.2MB, opens new window)


Section 1 (Introduction) (PDF, 523kb, opens new window)

Introduction to the Long Term Plan including the Word from the Mayor and the Chief Executive?s Introduction.


Section 2 (Community Outcomes) (PDF, 1.5MB, opens new window)

The overarching goals that Council aims to achieve for the communities of the Clutha District.


Section 3 (Key Issues) (PDF, 1MB, opens new window)

The key issues faced by Council and our communities over the next ten years, including how Council intends to respond to them.


Section 4 (Community Summaries) (PDF, 1.1MB, opens new window)

This section outlines the services Council provides in each of its eleven rating areas, as well as what is planned for each of the during the next ten years. It also outlines and explains why rates are expected to change in each community over the life of the plan.

Balclutha (PDF, 374kb, opens new window)

Clinton (PDF, 350kb, opens new window)

Kaitangata (PDF, 329kb, opens new window)

Kaka Point (PDF, 334kb, opens new window)

Lawrence (PDF, 332kb, opens new window)

Milton (PDF, 340kb, opens new window)

Owaka  (PDF, 329kb, opens new window)

Stirling (PDF, 327kb, opens new window)

Tapanui (PDF, 330kb, opens new window)

Waihola (PDF, 316kb, opens new window)

Rural Clutha District (PDF, 476kb, opens new window)

Benhar and Tokoiti (PDF, 310kb, opens new window)


Section 5 (Council?s Activities) (PDF, 1.8MB, opens new window)

This section outlines how Council plans to maintain, measure and fund each of its eight groups of activities (Community Leadership, Roading, Water Supply, Sewerage, Stormwater, Solid Waste Management, Community Services and Regulatory & Emergency Services).


Section 6 (Financial Information) (PDF, 1.1MB, opens new window)

Financial information including prospective financial statements and detailed description of proposed rates.


Section 7 (Key Policies) (PDF, 603kb, opens new window)

Key Policies including the Revenue and Financing Policy and draft Policy on Early Payment of Benhar and Tokoiti Capital Sewerage Rates.


Fees and Charges 2012/13 (PDF, 491kb, opens new window)




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