Long Term Plan is now available

Published on 22 July 2021

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 Council’s Communications team carried out a large campaign involving 10,000 consultation documents distributed by the Oamaru Mail and a further 500 for distribution to libraries and schools and community hubs. Livestreams, Facebook, Twitter, council’s e-newsletter the Waitaki Weekly, radio advertising, print advertising and more than a dozen drop-in sessions held all over district followed a public launch featuring a Delorean to promote the theme ‘Back to the Future’ with elected members to encourage the public to get involved in the process.

Elected members fronted more than 15 public meetings and drop-in sessions to help inform the public and encourage people to make submissions.

The campaign netted a 175 percent increase in submissions on the previous LTP with 435 submissions received and 50 people speaking to their submissions during two days of hearings.

Now the document has been formally adopted and finalised. It contains details of the council’s budgets for the next 10 years and the big-ticket items agreed on.

These are: the Indoor Sports and Events Centre which Council has agreed to contribute up to $10 million towards, $18 million on Roading improvements (new work and renewals), $26 million on Ōamaru water capacity upgrades, more than $34 million on Water supply upgrades across the district to meet New Zealand Drinking Water Standards and $12.3 million on Ōamaru wastewater facilities and mains upgrade.

Mayor for Waitaki Gary Kircher said the 2021-31 Long Term Plan had been, “Probably been one of the most difficult of any completed by our Council, as we grapple with the need to keep infrastructure and services to a high standard while facing the challenges of 3 Waters reform, limited Waka Kotahi funding for our roads and the challenges of a COVID-affected world. In spite of that, we’ve been able to take on board a lot of what submitters have told us they wanted. It is a Long Term Plan that’s delivering for the community.”

The document is now available on the council website: https://www.waitaki.govt.nz/Council/Council-Documents/Plans-Reports-and-Strategies/Long-Term-Plan

and from council offices and district libraries.