The Central Otago District Council has agreed to act as the contracting party for a $1.5 million feasibility study for the Manuherikia Catchment Water Strategy Group project. The group wants to investigate options of exThe council will contract consultants to undertake the study and hold a contract with the Primary Industries Ministry irrigation acceleration fund, which was likely to fund half the cost of the study. The Otago Regional Council has agreed to contribute $175,000 for the study and was exploring whether another $50,000 would be available. Pioneer Generation has offered $15,000 and the remainder was to be sourced from the six irrigation companies behind the scheme and private irrigators.
The Central Otago District Council emergency management committee have agreed to fund a $12,000 over-spend for the Omakau Rural Fire Depot from the Rural Fire Services account. The depot, which is almost complete, was budgeted to cost $57,000 but further funding was needed after changes to the proposed site was adjusted to avoid encroaching on the Omakau Squash Club car park.
The Alexandra Community Garden, where the Salvation Army grows vegetables for the Combined Churches Food Bank, has received an $800 grant from a Z service station promotion. The organisations, which rely on green-fingered volunteers, also ran a vegetable coupon system this summer providing 600 referred individuals with fresh vegetables.
Rachel Checketts is the project manager at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra, not the general manager as published in last week’s Mirror. The error is regretted. Jordan Napier was incorrectly called John. Sorry about that Jordan!