Toi­lets, bins be­ing funded

Central Otago Mirror - - VOLUNTEER WEEK - RHYS CHAM­BER­LAIN

Pres­sure from in­creased us­age of pub­lic toi­lets and rub­bish bins by tourists has forced the Gov­ern­ment to cough up mil­lions to deal with the prob­lem and Cen­tral Otago will ben­e­fit.

Eight pub­lic sites around the re­gion will be fit­ted with high­tech rub­bish com­pact­ing bins at a cost of $139,200.

The new bins could cater for five times the amount of waste of a nor­mal rub­bish bin and when full, would no­tify author­i­ties of its need to be emp­tied via email.

Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tim Cado­gan said it was wel­come re­lief, es­pe­cially for ar­eas like Bendigo, near the head of Lake Dun­stan, which was ‘‘such a prob­lem’’ due to in­creas­ing amounts of vis­i­tors to the area.

‘‘There’s been great con­cern in the com­mu­nity about how the prob­lems at Bendigo have got out of hand. [It is] go­ing to be re­ally im­por­tant.’’

New bins would be in­stalled at sites around Lake Dun­stan, Cromwell, Alexan­dra, Clyde and Roxburgh, Cado­gan said.

Pub­lic toi­let in­fra­struc­ture in the area had also been given a wel­come mone­tary boost.

About $180,000 had

been al­lo­cated for up­grad­ing plumb­ing sys­tems at Weatherall Creek and Cham­pagne Gully on the edge of Lake Dun­stan and for a new toi­let block in the Cromwell Mall.

‘‘It’s go­ing to make a huge dif­fer­ence just to be able to meet the de­mand,’’ Cado­gan said. ‘‘ We have to re­mem­ber the de­mand has been un­prece­dented [and] it’s come at a cost.’’

A por­taloo was placed along­side toi­lets at Cham­pagne Gully over the sum­mer to meet de­mand as 20 or more ve­hi­cles could be seen parked in the area on any given day.

The fund­ing was part of a $5.2 mil­lion Gov­ern­ment an­nounce­ment for tourism in­fra­struc­ture at 28 sites around the coun­try.

The small com­mu­nity of Makarora, near Wanaka, also ben­e­fited re­ceiv­ing $150,000 new pub­lic toi­lets.

Queen­stown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said it was ‘‘mar­vel­lous’’ for a com­mu­nity that had pre­vi­ously not had pub­lic toi­lets.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted.’’

The fund­ing was the fi­nal round of the Re­gional Mid-sized Tourism Fa­cil­i­ties Grant Fund, which will pro­vide $100m from the Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund over the next four years.

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