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Projects that support Living & Working in Clutha
(Estimated annual cost: $180,000 from 2022/23)
The Clutha Destination Strategy aims to grow visitor spending in the district and increase the part it plays in our local economy. It aims to manage the growth of respectful tourism, including growth of visitor spending and increasing tourism jobs and businesses. Some of the initiatives involved include destination marketing and developing visitor experiences in iconic key areas such as The Nuggets near Kaka Point and Gabriel’s Gully near Lawrence.
This work, carried out by Council’s economic development contractor Clutha Development, is being funded by central government’s post-Covid stimulus funding until 2021/22. To continue from then on it would involve an additional $16.84 per ratepayer to continue these initiatives.
For more information refer to the Clutha Destination Strategy and Clutha Destination Implementation Plan available at www.cluthadc.govt.nz.
Lighting up Balclutha Bridge
(Estimated cost: $350,000)
The bridge is Balclutha’s most iconic feature. Improvements to it, including traffic flow and its appearance, were a top priority in Balclutha’s Our Place community plan. A project to light up the bridge was trialled in early 2020. The cost for permanent lighting up of the bridge is expected to cost $350,000. Council will continue to support the project, on the basis that the project will only go ahead if it doesn’t impact on rates.
Owaka Swimming Pool
(Estimated cost $236,000)
Originally built in 1976 Owaka’s swimming pool facility has provided many years of education and enjoyment in The Catlins. A community committee of dedicated volunteers has overseen a number of improvements including roofing, heating and ongoing maintenance needs since the pool has been in operation. The pool now needs a range of improvements to meet modern day standards and to set it up to continue on for future generations in the Catlins to benefit from. Community fundraising has been successful towards Stage One to install an electronic key system, structural improvements and to construct a chemical storage area to meet health and safety requirements. As with the initial building of the pool, ratepayer funding is now being considered towards Stage Two to address structural issues including resurfacing the pool and improve the pools filtering and chlorine systems. This stage is estimated to cost $236,000. This is also a community-led project supporting The Catlin’s Our Place community plan.
If Council made a grant of $100,000, this would cost $2.98 annually for those in the Catlins community rating area, and a contribution of $0.26 from ratepayers throughout the district. If the grant was increased to $200,000 this would cost $5.96 and $0.52 respectively.
(Estimated annual cost: $60,000 per annum)
Project Bruce is a community-led development project for the people of Bruce community that includes Tokomairiro-Milton, Waihola, Taieri Mouth and all the rural areas in between. Their work has been bringing their community together, building community resilience, leadership and volunteer participation. Now that the first years of central government funding have ended, in recognition of the part it plays in the well-being of the Bruce community, Council has agreed to provide funding $60,000 each year for the continuation of Project Bruce. We’re proposing a new rate is created to fund this service, as a fixed charge in the Bruce community rating area of $30 from 2021/22. This has been included in our draft budgets and in the Milton rates example (see p.12).
(Estimated cost: $200,000-$400,000)
Waihola is part of the Waihola/Milburn/Milton corridor, a key growth area in the district. Lake Waihola’s foreshore is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. A community-led project supporting Waihola’s Our Place community plan is to upgrade the facilities into a destination playground. Funding options are being explored and Council has considered seed (support) funding for the project up to $100,000.
If Council made a grant of $100,000, this would cost $1.05 annually for those in the Bruce community rating area, and a contribution of $0.26 from ratepayers throughout the district. If the grant was increased to $200,000 this would cost $2.10 and $0.52 respectively.
West Otago Health
(Estimated cost: $300,000)
West Otago Health Trust provides community-owned health care facilities and services for residents in their area, including district and community nursing, after hours emergency care, and semi-dependent living (four modern cottages on campus). Their key facility is a fully staffed medical centre and home (Ribbonwood) that houses residents needing age-related or hospital-related residential care which is crucial to enabling local residents needing this type of care to remain in the area. In 2010 Council provided $1M towards the facility being built. A targeted rate to households in West Otago is repaying this funding over time (25 years through to 2035) at approximately $70 each year. The Trust is aiming to expand the facility to help meet their community’s increasing demand for aged-related care, respite and palliative care and has approached Council to draw down an additional $300,000 to help fund this. Council has agreed to this, and is looking at it from the perspective of keeping annual repayment around the existing level, but over a slightly longer term.