New loos for Piron­gia win fund­ing from MBIE

Waipa Post - - News - BY DEAN TAY­LOR

Half a mil­lion dol­lars in fund­ing has now been al­lo­cated to build new public toi­lets for Piron­gia vil­lage, thanks to a Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment al­lo­ca­tion of $250,000 from its Tourism In­fras­truc­ture Fund.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil has al­ready bud­geted the re­main­ing $250,000 needed for the project through its re­cent 10-Year Plan.

The Tourism In­fras­truc­ture Fund sup­ports de­vel­op­ment of public in­fras­truc­ture used by tourists and vis­i­tors to the dis­trict.

Waipa¯ Dis­trict Piron­gia ward coun­cil­lor Clare St Pierre says the fund­ing was the re­sult of ex­cel­lent work from a num­ber of Piron­gia groups and res­i­dents, en­cour­aged by Hamil­ton and Waikato Tourism.

She says while coun­cil made the ap­pli­ca­tion, Piron­gia Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion gath­ered in­for­ma­tion from lo­cal groups and busi­nesses to make a strong case.

Coun­cil com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties man­ager Bruce Airey said the fund­ing was a “mas­sive win” for the vil­lage, where the toi­lets have been strug­gling to keep up with the in­creas­ing num­bers of tourists mak­ing a com­fort stop.

“With the prox­im­ity to Wait­omo Caves and other tourist des­ti­na­tions, these fa­cil­i­ties are well-used by tourists and lo­cals alike,” says Bruce.

“This fund­ing will en­able us to cre­ate a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity to cater to the de­mand and we’ll also be able to re­solve the is­sues deal­ing with the waste from the cur­rent fa­cil­ity.” Clare says it was ob­vi­ous the cur­rent toi­let block was no longer fit for pur­pose with the in­creas­ing de­mand.

“Up to 50 buses per day stop in the vil­lage, mostly so its pas­sen­gers can use the toi­lets and mostly be­tween 9am and 11am,” says Clare.

“It puts a lot of pres­sure on the sys­tem in a short space of time — and some­times it can­not cope.

“It is the busy hub of the vil­lage — with shops, food out­lets and a ho­tel, play­cen­tre, Her­itage and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, play area and park­ing all in the same prox­im­ity — so it is im­por­tant the toi­lets are up to stan­dard,” says Clare. She says it is also part of at­tract­ing new fam­i­lies to the vil­lage that the toi­lets are work­ing prop­erly, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing how close they are to Piron­gia Play­cen­tre.

As a coun­cil­lor, Clare says it is fan­tas­tic the Tourism In­fras­truc­ture Fund is avail­able to take some of the pres­sure off ratepay­ers.

Bruce says coun­cil will be work­ing closely with the Piron­gia com­mu­nity to de­ter­mine the best lo­ca­tion for the toi­lets when de­sign gets un­der­way.

“There’s still a bit of work to do be­fore coun­cil will have a time­frame for con­struc­tion.

“We know these toi­lets are needed and we are keen to get this project started as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Photo / Dean Tay­lor

Waipa¯ Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Clare St Pierre out­side Piron­gia’s no longer fit-for-pur­pose public toi­lets which will be re­placed with as­sis­tance from the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment.

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