TDC: Waimea Community Dam Will Not Proceed

 

From the TDC News Feed:

The Tasman District Council has decided increased costs for the Waimea Community Dam are unaffordable for ratepayers, meaning the project in its current form will not proceed.

The Council today decided in principle not to fund 51% of a $23 million capital funding shortfall for the dam.

Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne said the decision effectively meant the project would not proceed, as public consultation cannot occur before the deadline of 15 December when the Government will withdraw its funding for the dam of over $55 million. 

Click below to read more - including summer water restrictions will now come into effect.

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Stuff: More Dam Funding Concerns

Forwarded to us by a local resident:

Website stuff.co.nz is hosting this article about a local chartered accountant's concern with regards to total anticipated cost of the Waimea Dam, and how this financial burden would be distributed.

Click here to read the article: Waimea dam may cost $400m to pay back says accountant

Community Transport Trust Proposal

Living in the country without your own vehicle?

A group of residents who are concerned about the transport needs of people living in the outlying communities are setting up a trust to help serve people either without the use of a private car or who are concerned about the effects of fossil fuelled car use.

This proposed trust would own vehicles, preferably electric, and use volunteers drivers to get people where they need to go, at an affordable fare. The vision statements and proposed benefits of this proposal are outlined below, and the organisers are calling for interested volunteers to get involved with their time and skills.

If you are interested to support this idea, please respond to us and we will put you in contact with the organiser Kate Malcolm.

Read more: Community Transport Trust Proposal

Waimea Dam - Search for Funding continues

Council is searching for a way to close the $26 million funding gap for the Waimea Dam by December.

Read the words by TDC CEO Janine Dowding and Mayor Richard Kempthorne outlining why the case for the dam is still compelling, and what happens if the dam does not proceed.

Click here for the TDC News Item

Proposed New Speed Limits - SH60 and Connecting Roads

TDC and NZTA are proposing lowering the speed limit on State Highway 60 from the Three Brothers roundabout in Richmond up to Maisey Road to 80 kmh.

In conjunction with this proposal, TDC is consulting on proposed lower speed limits on several local roads connecting to SH60 such as Lower Queen Street, Landsdowne Road, Redwood Road, and various others.

See here for the full proposal information, including an online survey form to provide feedback. The consultation closes 28 August.

Read more: Proposed New Speed Limits - SH60 and Connecting Roads