$156,000 pays for so­lar pow­ered shower cu­bi­cle

Stratford Press - - News -

The Gov­ern­ment is back­ing im­prove­ments to fa­cil­i­ties in New Ply­mouth’s for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.

The Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) has granted $156,000 from the Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund to en­able the New Ply­mouth Dis­trict Coun­cil to buy a re­lo­cat­able cu­bi­cle with two toi­lets and a shower.

The Taranaki-made so­lar­pow­ered cu­bi­cle will send an alert when its sep­tic sys­tem needs emp­ty­ing.

The MBIE fund­ing also cov­ers im­prove­ments for man­ag­ing sewage, rub­bish and signs at the Wai­whakaiho River mouth, in­clud­ing Big Belly Bins that com­press rub­bish and send an alert when they need emp­ty­ing.

Mayor Neil Holdom says he ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­fort Tourism Min­is­ter Kelvin Davis is putting into work­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment on tourism in­fra­struc­ture.

“We’ll trial one of these por­ta­ble units at a free­dom camp­ing site this year to see how it copes with de­mand. It’s an ex­am­ple of think­ing dif­fer­ently and find­ing out if we can meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions with lo­cal in­ge­nu­ity.

“The idea of a por­ta­ble toi­let is noth­ing new but the idea of a Taranaki-made, ro­bust, fully self-con­tained off-grid sys­tem with two toi­lets and a shower, so­lar pan­els, wa­ter and sep­tic tank, which we can move around to where it’s needed, is some­thing new for NPDC. ”

The coun­cil is con­sid­er­ing which pro­posal for free­dom camp­ing it will send out to the pub­lic for their feed­back.

“What­ever the out­come of that con­sul­ta­tion we know that dur­ing sum­mer the fa­cil­i­ties at Wai­whakaiho will be stretched, and our peo­ple have ex­pressed real con­cern about overuse, lit­ter and re­lated health risks.

“The Tourism In­fra­struc­ture Fund’s in­vest­ment in im­proved fa­cil­i­ties for ev­ery­one at Wai­whakaiho will help us meet grow­ing de­mand at this busy spot and avoid pos­si­ble en­vi­ron­men­tal harm with­out hit­ting ratepay­ers in the pocket.”

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