Rosebank Industrial Site



In keeping with the direction provided through the 2015 Long Term Plan for Council to take a leadership role in driving our district's economy, we purchased 8 hectares of land at the former Rosebank Sawmill site.  The purchase is also in line with Council's  economic development strategy, which sets Council the task of being more proactive about promoting growth and business investment in the Clutha District. Converting this Rosebank site into an industrial park will give current businesses somewhere to expand to and is an opportunity for both existing and new businesses to locate themselves in a strategic industrial location that is close to Balcutha's CBD.

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MEDIA RELEASE - Thursday, 26 April 2018

Work gets underway at Balclutha’s Rosebank Industrial Park

Clutha District Council has awarded the main construction contract for the Rosebank Industrial Park to SouthRoads Ltd.

Council received two tenders for the contract and SouthRoads was successful with a tender price of $891,975.79

Work at the site on the outskirts of Balclutha started this week.

The work will be done in two stages with the underground work such as water, sewerage and power due to be completed in July. The above ground work such as road construction will take place after that.

Chief Executive Steve Hill said the industrial park will subdivided into 11 freehold lots, and Council has already entered into a sale contract for one of the larger lots (3.74 hectares).

“Strong commitments have been made for six of the 10 other lots and priority will be given to those who are either current leaseholders or who have expressed an interest early on when Council first purchased the site.”

“All going well, we’re expecting the first new building to be up by September or October,” Mr Hill added.

This construction phase of the project is a contract of approximately $900,000 as part of a total development cost of $2.8 million dollars.

Council made a decision at the end of last year that recognised it is likely the cost of the development will exceed what the sections can be sold for and the decision to take this loss is included in the Long Term Plan, which is currently out for public consultation.

Elected members felt the economic and community benefits of the industrial park far outweighed the monetary loss.

This loss will be covered by the sale of surplus Council property and not by rates.

People are welcome to give feedback about this via the Long Term Plan consultation process.

Mayor Bryan Cadogan said it was imperative that Clutha reversed trends of generations, which had dictated Council’s drive to create this positive development.

“New jobs and new rateable units in tandem with contributing to the vibrancy and future prosperity of our district, are not the only bonuses.

We are excited that this project has contributed to the ‘shake up’ of commercial development and is the flagship that redefines our district’s image – welcome to progress”.

Rosebank Industrial Park background:

Council purchased the 8 hectare former Rosebank Sawmill site in 2015 after being approached by Heartland Bank, which was selling the site.

The purchase was consistent with Council’s economic development strategy, which set Council the task of being more proactive about promoting growth and business investment in the Clutha District.

At the time, Council recognised there was demand from local businesses for somewhere to expand.

Council had also been busy identifying non-strategic property it owned, so it could be sold to establish a fund for future strategic purposes (like the Rosebank Industrial Park site), without creating a cost for the ratepayer.

Council wanted to prevent the site being land banked and left lying idle, when it was a key location for future development opportunities.

Work has been underway since the purchase to clear the site of the all the sawmill buildings and equipment and get it ready for development.


​26/04/18​Work gets underway transforming the Rosebank Industrial Park
​18/10/17New quick sale items added​
​11/02/16Demolition finished and new sale items added​
​03/02/16New demolition photos uploaded​
​22/10/16Demolition underway​
​21/10/15​Latest quick sale items added
​02/10/15Re-locatable buildings go on sale​
18/09/15Expression of interest sought for demolition - now closed​
​18/09/15Deadline for initial business interest set​
​18/09/15More quick sale items added​
​01/09/15Latest quick sale items on offer​
​31/08/15Open day at site​
​21/08/15More quick sale items go on offer​
​14/08/1520 new quick sale items added​
​06/08/15More quick sale items on offer​
​29/07/15Quick sale items on offer​
​20/07/15Sarah Van Asperen appointed site manager​
​10/07/15Rosebank Industrial Site's webpage published.​
​24/06/15Council announces purchase of site​

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