​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Water Services Bylaw

​Clutha District Council resolved at its meeting on 21 February 2019 to invite submissions on the proposal to adopt an updated Water Services bylaw, including new parts for stormwater, sewerage and trade wastes.

The Statement of Proposal ​outlines the reasons for the proposed Water Services Bylaw and provides a summary of the relevant considerations taken by Council in developing the proposed bylaw.  

​The proposed bylaw builds on the existing Water & Sanitary Services Bylaw – Part 2 Water, and introduces new parts for trade wastes, sewerage and stormwater. The name of the bylaw has been updated to become known as the Water Services Bylaw. It would supersede the existing Water & Sanitary Services Bylaw.

The main parties likely to be affected by the proposed bylaw include:

  • Commercial, industrial, manufacturing or trade businesses that discharge to the sewerage system. Examples of those likely to be affected include dentists, food processors (meat, fish, vegetables, fruit), hospitals and rest homes, laundries, medical centres (including doctors' surgeries), metal finishers, motor vehicle industries, pharmacies, printers, restaurants, cafes, take-a-ways, schools, septic tank services, service stations, vehicle and/or machinery wash facilities, veterinary clinics
  • Tradespeople including builders, plumbers, drainlayers and their representative bodies
  • ​Commercial water users with ‘extraordinary’ water use
  • Tankered waste providers
  • Developers.

Public drop-in sessions

Want to know more about how this will affect you?  Come along and see how these changes may affect you at one of the following drop-in sessions.​

Tuesday 26 March at the Town and Country Club, Milton from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Wednesday 27 March at the Rudder Bar, Hotel South Otago, Balclutha from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.​​

The Statement of Proposal including a copy of the proposed Bylaw is available for public inspection from:

  • ​Online click here:
  • Clutha District Council Head Office at 1 Rosebank Terrace Balclutha
  • Any Council library/service centre within the Clutha District

Any person may make a submission.  To make an online submission click here:​ To download a printable submission form click here:
If you wish to send in a handwritten submission form it is available from Council offices.  You can then send in a written submission to the Clutha District Council at PO Box 25, Balclutha, or email 9240. 

Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 29 April 2019.

Timeline and Key Dates

  • Council adopts statement of proposal and draft bylaw - 21 February 2019
  • Council publicly notifies its intention to make a new Bylaw, and update an existing Bylaw - 23 February 2019
  • Public drop-in session - drop-in sessions - 26 and 27 March 2019
  •  Submissions close - 29 Apr 2019
  • Submissions hearing - 16 May 2019
  • Decisions and adoption of Bylaw - 27 Jun 2019
  • Bylaw comes into effect - 1 July 2020 
  • Phase in of metering and monitoring - by 30 June 2020
  • Bylaw-related charges to apply in 2020/21 year - 1 July 2020
To view the public notice click here:

Annual Plan 2019-20 Consultation

​Council is seeking your feedback on the proposed Annual Plan 2019/20, including a proposal with options about future Milton Service Centre and Pool facilities. This proposal will affect those in the Bruce area and ratepayers throughout the district.​

The Annual Plan 2019/20 provides an update to the second year of the Long Term Plan (LTP) 2018/28 with updated draft budgets.  It also contains a slightly higher rates increase (3.92% compared with 3.12% signalled in the LTP), but a lower amount of debt compared to the forecasts in the 2019/20 year of the LTP 2018. 

There is a marginally lower level of investment income than forecast in the LTP 2018. 

In addition, there are proposed changes to the capital programme as a result of a number of factors. The majority of these changes are in the timing of projects which have already been consulted on or signalled through the LTP 2018. 

New projects in the AP 2019/20 include an overall district plan review, ​​sealing Balclutha’s Elizabeth/Charlotte streets car park, and a sewerage and water extension at Gabriel’s Gully in Lawrence. 

The following documents provide further detail about what is proposed:

You can also view these documents in person at the following places:

  • Clutha District Council Head Office at 1 Rosebank Terrace Balclutha
  • Any Council library/service centre within the Clutha District

We invite you to have your say about the proposed Annual Plan 2019/20.  To make an online submission click here: 

If you wish to send in a handwritten submission form it is available from all Council offices or download a printable submission form click here:.  

You can then send in your written submission to the Clutha District Council at PO Box 25, Balclutha, or email 9240. 

Submissions close at 5pm on Friday 26 April 2019.

Timeline and Key Dates

  • 21 March 2019 Council approves Annual Plan 2017/18 consultation material and communication and engagement methods, Draft Schedule and dates for special consultative procedure.

  • 25 March 2019 Consultation/submission period begins. 

  • 26 April 2019 Consultation/submission closes. 

  • 2 May 2019 Council to meet to hear any verbal submissions.

  • 16 May 2019 Council meets to decide changes for final Annual Plan 2019/20 and Schedule of Fees & Charges 2019/20.

  • 2 June 2019 Council meets to adopt Annual Plan 2019/20 and strikes rates.

  • 1 July 2019 Annual Plan 2019/20 and Schedule of Fees & Charges 2019/20 take​ effect.

Kaitangata Hall

​The Clutha District Council acknowledges that the Kaitangata Hall and old Borough buildings are past their use-by-date and are uneconomical to fix.Council has approved funds for the demolition of the existing hall and contributed to the new Community Centre.

The South Otago Woodcraft Club has expressed an interest in salvaging some timber from the hall but that will need to be done carefully as there are seismic and asbestos concerns with the building.

We will salvage the Memorial outside the hall and this will be relocated to a new location near the new community centre building.  This will be done in consultation with the community centre committee.

Council also wants to demolish the old borough building, this also has asbestos and other issues however someone may have a long-term interest in this building. If there is interest other options can be explored for its future use.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding Council’s proposals, please give us your feedback.  Click here to give us your feedback online.

Or print off this paper feedback form​, write down your thoughts and drop off to any of the Clutha District Council offices or post to PO Box 25, Balclutha 9240.

Later this year consultation will take place to find out your thoughts on a plan for the future of Kaitangata.

Please provide your feedback to Council by 5pm, Friday 10 May 2019.

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