Big bill to get sewage over river


The $5.3 mil­lion price tag for a new Queen­stown sewer line raised eye­brows around the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil ta­ble.

Mayor Jim Boult was among those who ex­pressed con­cerns at the price given by the NZ Trans­port Agency to con­struct and con­nect waste­water and wa­ter pipes to the new Kawa­rau Falls Bridge.

It was $1m more than had pre­vi­ously been bud­geted.

‘‘I’d hate to think we’re pick­ing up the cost of over­spend else­where,’’ Boult said.

Coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture man­ager Peter Hansby said he had ar­ranged for an in­de­pen­dent cost re­view.

There were con­sid­er­able ef­fi­ciency gains in com­plet­ing the works as part of the bridge con­struc­tion work, which was un­der way, he said.

The ex­ist­ing sewer pipes on the old bridge were near ca­pac­ity and the bridge had earth­quake re­silience is­sues.

Hansby said in the future there would need to be a sec­ond bridge across the Kawa­rau River to carry sewage but this one was re­quired sooner given on­go­ing de­vel­op­ments at Han­ley Downs, Jacks Point and Kelvin Heights.

The coun­cil’s chief en­gi­neer, Ul­rich Glas­ner, said it would be 10 to 15 years be­fore an­other op­tion would be re­quired.

The coun­cil ap­proved the spend af­ter hear­ing an al­ter­na­tive op­tion from Re­mark­ables Park devel­op­ment man­ager Brian Fitz­patrick, who said the $5.3m price tag was ‘‘ab­surd’’.

In­stead, the coun­cil should con­sider build­ing a new down­stream bridge across the Kawa­rau River at Boyd Rd that could be used for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists as well as carry the waste wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture, he said.

It would be shorter and of­fer a com­mute of two kilo­me­tres less for Wakatipu High School stu­dents trav­el­ling to the school’s new cam­pus from the Han­ley Downs and Jacks Point ar­eas.

‘‘This is a good op­tion that gives some­thing to this com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Hansby gave


coun­cil as­sur­ances that pro­posed toi­let up­grades at the Frank­ton beach area, Ramshaw Lane in Ar­row­town, and Mt As­pir­ing Rd would pro­ceed in the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year, de­spite a de­ci­sion to de­fer the re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing toi­lets.

‘‘I think the

Frank­ton,’’ he said.

Boult said the toi­lets were cur­rently ‘‘aw­ful but op­er­a­tional.’’



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