New council role response to growth

An aerial view of Clyde. Photo: ODT files
An aerial view of Clyde. Photo: ODT files
A new capital projects programme manager role has been established at the Central Otago District Council, as the region strives to keep up with growth and infrastructure demands.

The role was advertised last week, the advertisement saying Central Otago's towns were ``booming'', which had ``put pressure on areas that were not originally designed for this growth'' and ``our challenge is to improve our infrastructure to meet this demand''.

Council infrastructure services manager Julie Muir said more than $40million of infrastructure improvements were scheduled in the next five years, in addition to the ``business as usual maintenance and renewals work''.

Sixty percent of the council infrastructure projects were made up of the Lake Dunstan water supply and Clyde wastewater projects.

There was a large interface between the projects, as they would share the same pipeline route between Clyde and Alexandra, Ms Muir said.

``These are complex projects, with a high-tech water treatment plant being constructed in Clyde to treat water for Alexandra and Clyde, and wastewater reticulation being retrofitted into an existing urban area. On top of this, much of the construction for this stage of the Clyde wastewater project will occur in the historic and commercial precinct of Clyde. Road improvements will also be constructed within the historic precinct.''

Ms Muir said the projects would take ``a high degree of management'' to minimise disruption to the public, ``while still delivering cost effectively and on time''.

Work on the investigation and design of water capacity and quality improvements for Cromwell would also start soon. Construction was expected to start within three years.

Ms Muir said the creation of the capital projects programme manager would help council ``deliver on these projects''.

``This additional resource will help us to deliver the additional improvement work, while still keeping on top of our renewals programmes and improving delivery in the operational space.''

It was hoped the new manager would begin work in December, Ms Muir said.


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