The Dunedin City Council has confirmed Christchurch City
Council-owned company City Care has been awarded the tender
to maintain Dunedin's water and wastewater network.
City Care was confirmed as the DCC's preferred provider in
City Care, which has contracts to provide the same services
with 12 local authorities across New Zealand, will take over
the work on February 28.
DCC water and waste group manager Laura McElhone yesterday
said the job futures of 30 DCC staff directly affected by
outsourcing the work were still being worked through.
Eight had been offered jobs with the DCC.
There were 22 jobs available with City Care, but the
positions available were not all exactly the same roles as
staff had within the water and waste water department, she
Offers to the staff would be made before Christmas.
The number of redundancies, if any, would be small, but would
be unclear until people responded to the offers.
Dr McElhone said the contract was expected to deliver annual
savings of at least $350,000, increasing after the first
The value of the annual contract was $4.6 million a year,
with an additional $159,000 of transition costs, such as
training and IT set-up costs, in the first year.
She reiterated that no Dunedin companies did this sort of
work on the level required.
City Care's general manager national maintenance Tim Gibson
said the company was looking forward to working with the DCC
and to establishing a presence in Dunedin.