‘Welcome to progress’
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.