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Regional Council assists Matata sewerage scheme

Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:30 a.m.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council will make a $1.88 million contribution to Matata’s sewerage scheme.

The funding has been set aside in the Regional Council’s 2013/14 Annual Plan, following a submission from the Whakatane District Council seeking assistance for sewerage reticulation in Matata.

First considered in 2003, the project has faced lengthy delays resulting from the devastating debris flows which struck Matata in 2005. The District Council has now decided to use a $6.7 million Ministry of Health subsidy to complete the project over the next two years, and sought additional funding under the Regional Council’s 2003 policy of providing regional assistance for small-scale sewerage schemes.

A full sewerage reticulation scheme will be installed to take sewage from all properties in the community for treatment and safe disposal, eliminating contamination and removing the need for the Regional Council to impose on-site effluent Maintenance Zone administrative costs on the town, the submission said.

The Regional Council has agreed to provide $1.88 million in 2013/14 from its investment reserves, subject to some conditions. It needs to be satisfied that the final option selected is the most cost-effective solution and the Regional Council funding is only to be used for capital expenses. Whakatane District Council will also need to apply for and secure resource consents once a preferred option has been approved.

Whakatane District Mayor Tony Bonne said the Regional Council funding was a very welcome boost for the Matata sewerage scheme proposal.

"This is a generous contribution which will help to reduce the impact on our District ratepayers,” Mayor Bonne said.

“We are committed to finding the most efficient and affordable solution for the Matata community, and both the Ministry of Health and the Regional Council’s input will go a long way towards achieving this.”

The Regional Council will finalise the decision when it approves the 2013/2014 Annual Plan on 27 June.

 

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