30-year plan estimates $2.8b cost

A draft 30-year infrastructure strategy for Dunedin city has been approved by city councillors for public consultation.

Having such a strategy is a new legislative requirement since last year.

The document identifies the main infrastructure issues facing the council over that period and the principal options for managing them.

By law, the strategy refers only to roading and footpaths, water supply, waste water and storm water.

The key issues identified for Dunedin are ageing infrastructure, climate change, an ageing population, resilience to seismic activity, a decrease in business and people in the city, maintaining the capacity and capability to provide the works required, and having the ability to pay for required renewal of infrastructure.

The document estimates $2.8 billion worth of investment in new capital, renewals and operation, is required for city infrastructure over the next 30 years.

The council already has in place a 50-year strategy for managing waste and storm water and a 30-year integrated transport strategy, which the new document reflects.

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