Cen­tral Otago picked as top-10 ‘re­gional hotspot’

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

The Queen­stown Lakes and Cen­tral Otago re­gions are wellplaced to han­dle 29 per cent pro­jected growth fore­cast in an In­fo­met­rics eco­nomic re­port.

The re­port cov­ers 10 key places around New Zealand that are set to ex­pe­ri­ence rapid pop­u­la­tion growth over the next decade. Cen­tral Otago is picked as the sev­enth top growth area in New Zealand with a 29 per cent pop­u­la­tion growth.

Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Mayor Jim Boult said growth was noth­ing new to the re­gion and it was well placed to han­dle the growth pro­jected over the next 10 years or so.

‘‘Coun­cil is con­stantly re­vis­ing and relook­ing at our plan­ning through our an­nual plans and long term plan. This en­sures we are well placed to de­liver the ser­vices that our dis­trict needs while man­ag­ing growth in a sus­tain­able way. While the strong growth we’ve seen over the past few years can be a chal­lenge for us at the coun­cil – it’s fair to say it’s a chal­lenge that many other parts of the coun­try would envy.

‘‘Growth is noth­ing new to our re­gion, it’s how we man­age that growth that is im­por­tant. A key as­pect to this is en­sur­ing that our in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment can keep ahead of any fore­cast ex­pan­sion, and this is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in how we are ap­proach­ing growth as a coun­cil.‘‘

Cen­tral Otago eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment man­ager War­wick Hawker said the Cen­tral Otago Dis­trict Coun­cil was ‘‘very con­scious’’ of the pop­u­la­tion growth oc­cur­ring and it was ‘‘front of mind’’ in its plan­ning.

‘‘The re­newal and ex­ten­sion of Cromwell’s waste­water in­fra­struc­ture, the new wa­ter sup­ply for Alexan­dra and its sur­round­ing area, and the Clyde waste­water de­mand study are ex­am­ples of projects the coun­cil is im­ple­ment­ing to cater for the in­creas­ing de­mand. Avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion both for per­ma­nent and sea­sonal worker pop­u­la­tion is also well recog­nised.’’

The dis­trict plan pro­vided the frame­work to man­age growth and de­vel­op­ment of land. En­sur­ing land was zoned ap­pro­pri­ately would be cov­ered in the dis­trict plan re­view process.

In­fo­met­rics fore­caster Gareth Kier­nan said the re­gion’s pop­u­la­tion was fore­cast to in­crease by 5880 peo­ple be­tween 2013 and 2023.

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Wanaka ap­peals in­creas­ingly as a more low-key and less ex­pen­sive al­ter­na­tive than Queen­stown.

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