‘Wel­come to progress’

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - MARY-JO TOHILL

Clutha Dis­trict Coun­cil’s lat­est ‘‘leap of faith’’ into driv­ing busi­ness and eco­nomic growth be­gan in earnest at Rose­bank In­dus­trial Park this week.

SouthRoads Ltd won the ten­der at the coun­cil-owned in­dus­trial sub­di­vi­sion, with the OtagoSouth­land con­tract­ing com­pany’s $891,975.79 bid ac­cepted in the $2.8 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment.

It fol­lows com­mence­ment of the coun­cil’s res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion Plan­ta­tion Heights last year and a tar­geted ef­fort to at­tract peo­ple to live and work in Clutha, mayor Bryan Cado­gan said.

‘‘We know it’s been a leap of faith but this is about break­ing the shack­les of gen­er­a­tions [of no growth].’’

The de­vel­op­ment meant new jobs and rate­able units and was con­sid­ered ‘‘the flag­ship that re­de­fines our dis­trict’s im­age’’. ‘‘Wel­come to progress.’’

He said the pro­ject au­gured well for Mil­ton, which had the great­est po­ten­tial of any Clutha Dis­trict town for com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ment be­cause of its ge­o­graphic po­si­tion and avail­abil­ity of flat land.

The coun­cil made an in­com­mit­tee de­ci­sion at the end of last year to pro­ceed with the Rose­bank pro­ject, de­spite the fact the likely cost would ex­ceed what the sec­tions could be sold for, Clutha Dis­trict chief executive Steve Hill said.

This loss will be cov­ered by the sale of sur­plus coun­cil property and not by rates. Feed­back about the de­ci­sion is in­vited dur- ing the Long Term Plan (LTP) pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, which closes on May 11.

The in­dus­trial park would be sub­di­vided into 11 free­hold lots, and the coun­cil had al­ready en­tered into a sale con­tract for one of the larger lots (3.74 hectares), he said.

‘‘Strong com­mit­ments’’ had been made for six of the 10 other lots.

‘‘All go­ing well, we’re ex­pect­ing the first new build­ing to be up by Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.’’

SouthRoads’ Con­nell Bur­don, Clutha Dis­trict chief executive Steve Hill, con­tract rep Keith Mathe­son, mayor Bryan Cado­gan, pro­ject man­ager Chris Mil­burn.

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