Other Strategic Projects
Council's strategic projects are set in the Long Term Plan (LTP).
The 2018-28 Long Term Plan (LTP) shifts from the strategic theme of passive financial consolidation consistent over the last few LTPs to proactive project management. This is because the Ōpōtiki wastewater network and the harbour development projects will begin in the first three years covered by the 2018-28 LTP, requiring a considerable amount of capital expenditure. Adopting a project management focus will ensure Council is able to respond to needs of the community for growth whilst still managing finances, rates increases and debt prudently, to ensure everything we are planning to do and achieve is affordable.
Full details on all of the strategic projects listed here can be found in the Opotiki District Council 2018-2028 Long Term Plan (PDF, 5MB). Of particular interest will be Part 1 - Council Priorities and Direction. Further detailed information on our Infrastructure Strategy can be found in the appendices section of the plan.
Te Kaha Water Supplies
The Te Kaha scheme has recently undergone consideration for expansion in response to public consultation and coast community board interest. Both a northern extension to the Kereru River and a southern extension to Hariki Beach have been worked on over the last few years.
Council will continue with programmed works to maintain and upgrade its assets:
- Reseal sections of urban and rural pavements, re-metal unsealed road surfaces in accordance with the asset management plan programme
- Complete the annual rehabilitation / upgrade urban street project as per the asset management plan programme.
Road Seal Extension
During the 2015-2025 LTP preparation, Council consulted on what would be done about continuing road seal extensions within the district where New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) no longer provided 60 percent funding assistance. Changes to NZTA's funding principles meant that they would no longer provide funding for these types of capital works, and there was a risk of losing the operational renewal funding for them in future.
There is still significant demand and need for seal extensions across the district, particularly where there is an economic benefit, for example dust suppression around kiwifruit orchards.
Council put aside budget in the 2016/17 Annual Plan to undertake a maximum of 2km seal extension work should a ratepayer request it and provide 60 percent of the cost that would previously have been funded by NZTA. Should there be no demand to seal new roads, Council will carry forward the budget to the following year, and the same principles will apply.
Council will review this stance constantly and wherever there are other funding opportunities, or changes in NZTA's funding assistance rates.
Motu Trails - Cycle Trail Extensions
Building on the success of Mōtū Trails we propose to 'grow the ride' over the term of the LTP. New trails are planned for Tirohanga Military Track, Ōhiwa, Waioeka stopbanks and the Waiōtahe Coast. The vision is to link Mōtū Trails, the Dunes Trail west to Ōhiwa - enhancing the experience and growing a multi-day ride - the best coastal ride in NZ. Looking further afield we are engaged with neighbouring Councils to develop an integrated Eastern Bay of Plenty Trail - linking Ōpōtiki to Ōhope and beyond.
Read more about these projects here Motu Trails - Cycle Trail Extensions pamphlet (PDF 1.07MB).
Toward the end of the harbour build we propose to construct a new wharf to be available "just in time".
We have included $3 million of budget in the latter part of the LTP once the harbour has been completed and the aquaculture industry is booming to allow for Council to make inroads into the CBD development. This project will be in subsequent LTP's so will be available for consultation a number of times before any commitment is made. At this stage we are signalling the direction.
The Water Supply for the Ōpōtiki central township underwent an almost total scheme replacement in the mid-1990s, as such the Township's infrastructure is considered to be in good condition and performing satisfactorily to meet current levels of service and provide for short term growth.
With additions to treatment and reticulation capacity not required for growth till beyond the term of the LTP, the only significant activities for the Ōpōtiki township are to address issues of resilience. The Otara Rd trunk main and raw water line are the most critical of these vulnerabilities. The Otara Rd trunk main has no back up in the event of its failure and the raw water line is not able to fully restore reservoir recovery. In the event of a disaster these assets present a high risk to delivery of service so upgrades to these assets have been planned for Year 1 of the LTP. The Hikutaia reticulation was not renewed along with the Ōpōtiki Township and is nearing the end of its useful life. It will require partial replacement within the term of this LTP. The limitations of this scheme mean there is less ability to provide for growth or meet desired levels of service in certain locations. Therefore a connection to the Ōpōtiki scheme, new pump station, new rising main and new loop mains were carried out over the last three years. This has enabled response to growth, better service delivery and meant we were able to replace the old Hikutaia reservoir and Crooked Rd rising main. We will need to renew the reticulation at some point in the near future. We have tentatively included this in the plan for investigation in 2025.
The Opotiki township suffers from stormwater flooding due to its low elevation above sea level and location between two rivers. In the 2013/14 year, a preliminary model was produced for the Ōpōtiki Township catchments identifying a lack of capacity in critical and ancillary assets. In response, planned improvements for the 2015/25 LTP term include an increase in storage area for quicker relief from stormwater of residential and commercial property, as well as new and upgraded trunk lines and pump stations to facilitate transportation and disposal of stormwater from the upper portions of the catchment. As the works are completed and new knowledge of future weather and groundwater effects (climate change) is obtained, the stormwater model will be developed further. Upgrades to critical assets within and beyond the time frame of the LTP term will be refined and less critical assets will be designed and replaced fit for purpose, as they reach the end of their useful lives.
Coast Initiatives Fund
The annual allocation has been approved for the Coast Initiatives fund. The Coast Community Board have delegation to spend this money on projects on the Coast ward, within a range of criteria.
Council have listened to the community and been planning for the provision of better connectivity and high speed internet in the district. This has been in a number of forms, through working with local provider Evolution Networks, to submitting registrations of interest to the Government for the second phase of ultra-fast broadband (UFB2) roll out. Initial responses from the Government have indicated that those local authorities that invest in providing better connectivity in their district will move up the ranks in terms of where the Government will allocate funding for UFB2.
Council will continue to grow the CCTV network in the town CBD over the next few years to ensure the safety of personnel and property in the community. We have been approached already by a number of businesses about joining onto the Council network and will invest further in infrastructure to make this a possibility. This will provide additional options for businesses when they renew expensive security camera equipment in the future.