Council, developer join forces over wastewater

The proposed Mt Cardrona development with the Cardrona Alpine Resort in the background. Image:...
The proposed Mt Cardrona development with the Cardrona Alpine Resort in the background. Image: supplied
A wastewater solution for the Cardona Valley appears to be on the way, thanks to a public-private collaboraton.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) announced today it is working on an improved wastewater system with the developers of Mount Cardrona Station.

In 2018, the station gained consent for a 131ha development, 2km north of the Cardrona Village, near the bottom of the road to the Cardrona Alpine Resort skifield.

It will include an 80-bed four and a-half star hotel, an 18-hole golf course, and 480 mixed-density housing lots.

QLDC general manager property and infrastructure Peter Hansby said there was an opportunity for a new treatment plant serving the Cardrona Valley, "following successful procurement, design, and construction, operation and testing by Mt Cardrona Station.

"There are still a number of details to work through before an agreement, costs and timings for the project are finalised and council's involvement is confirmed,'' Mr Hansby said.

The new treatment plant could potentially cater for wastewater flows from the Cardrona Village, Cardrona Alpine Resort and the Mt Cardrona development.

"If council can deliver a more cost effective wastewater solution by working collaboratively with private providers that will be a great outcome for the whole community,'' Mr Hansby said.

The directors of Mt Cardrona Station, Chris Morton and Andrew Spencer, said they were delighted to be discussing a potential partnership.

The project would go out for tender within the next two weeks.

Mr Hansby said any council investment would need full council approval.

The council has considered various options to solve the valley's sewerage infrastructure problems including a 22km pipeline to Wanaka's Project Pure treatment plant.

In 2012, at least 53 people, including between 15 and 20 Australians skiers, picked up a norovirus in the Cardrona township.

Contamination of the Cardrona township water supply was believed to have been the cause.

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