DrainWise behind budget this year

GDC Unable to spend $8.8m budget.

GDC Unable to spend $8.8m budget.

GISBORNE District Council will not be able to spend the whole of the $8.8 million budgeted this financial year for the DrainWise Project, says councillor Pat Seymour.

The DrainWise Project has a total budget of $27 million, and is aimed at reducing wastewater discharges into rivers and on to private properties.

The council was told in the chief executive’s report that the budget was underspent on capital works, as money was required to do the inner harbour and Hirini Street works which had time scales dictated by other significant works.

This week river users called on the council to clean up its act after a second sewage discharge into a city river in nine days.

The council says the discharges happen because of many illegal wastewater connections and service water flowing into gully traps on residential properties.

Mrs Seymour said the DrainWise Project was really critical.

The information in the report showed there was no way the council would be able to spend anything like the $8.8 million value of work estimated to be done.

“The nice to-do’s get a whole pile of attention, everyone around the table gets enthusiastic, we agree to spend money we have not budgeted or find some new money, then we get complaints when there are overflows in the city.

“It is really concerning. We decided a year ago that this was a really important project but we have not got a chance in Hades of spending that $8.8 million.”

There was nothing councillors could do about it at present but note the situation, she said.

Larry Foster said the council had to open the scours to release wastewater in the last day or so because of heavy rain. He asked whether the council was making progress on the project, which involved working with private landowners.

Was the council at the stage that it could identify the streets that were most affected?

To him, Hirini Street was a first indicator where overflows were seen after heavy rain. He would think that for the money invested so far, there would be some progress on it.

GDC chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann said said they knew the streets involved.

There had been an unsuccessful application which did not meet the criteria for local funding.

Mrs Seymour said the information in the report indicated that the council would be underspent on its capital works budget by $5 million this financial year.

It was really important that it got projects to the stage where they could be completed.

GISBORNE District Council will not be able to spend the whole of the $8.8 million budgeted this financial year for the DrainWise Project, says councillor Pat Seymour.

The DrainWise Project has a total budget of $27 million, and is aimed at reducing wastewater discharges into rivers and on to private properties.

The council was told in the chief executive’s report that the budget was underspent on capital works, as money was required to do the inner harbour and Hirini Street works which had time scales dictated by other significant works.

This week river users called on the council to clean up its act after a second sewage discharge into a city river in nine days.

The council says the discharges happen because of many illegal wastewater connections and service water flowing into gully traps on residential properties.

Mrs Seymour said the DrainWise Project was really critical.

The information in the report showed there was no way the council would be able to spend anything like the $8.8 million value of work estimated to be done.

“The nice to-do’s get a whole pile of attention, everyone around the table gets enthusiastic, we agree to spend money we have not budgeted or find some new money, then we get complaints when there are overflows in the city.

“It is really concerning. We decided a year ago that this was a really important project but we have not got a chance in Hades of spending that $8.8 million.”

There was nothing councillors could do about it at present but note the situation, she said.

Larry Foster said the council had to open the scours to release wastewater in the last day or so because of heavy rain. He asked whether the council was making progress on the project, which involved working with private landowners.

Was the council at the stage that it could identify the streets that were most affected?

To him, Hirini Street was a first indicator where overflows were seen after heavy rain. He would think that for the money invested so far, there would be some progress on it.

GDC chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann said said they knew the streets involved.

There had been an unsuccessful application which did not meet the criteria for local funding.

Mrs Seymour said the information in the report indicated that the council would be underspent on its capital works budget by $5 million this financial year.

It was really important that it got projects to the stage where they could be completed.

Your email address will not be published. Comments will display after being approved by a staff member. Comments may be edited for clarity.

Poll

  • Voting please wait...
    Your vote has been cast. Reloading page...
    Do you support the new identity and wellbeing focus of Trust Tairawhiti (formerly Eastland Community Trust)?