Annual Plan 2022-23
How we're tracking
This time last year we went out to you, our community, to consult on our Long-term Plan (2018-2028). This time next year, we will be consulting with you on our Annual Plan 2023-24. But this year, we are opting for conversations over formal consultation. This is because there is no need to consult when our annual plans do not contain any significant changes from what we signalled last year for year 2 of our Long-term Plan. We had record levels of engagement in our long-term plan consultation this time last year, so it makes sense to not have a big formal process again so soon.
The Draft Annual Plan for 2022-23 has been drafted and staff are currently finalising it for the Council to adopt in June. You can download and read the draft and/or read our highlights below.
- Draft Annual Plan 2022-23 (PDF, 16MB)
Please note: the following items of interest: the Clyde Wastewater Reticulation Scheme Capital Funding Plan (pages 134-138) the Ripponvale Water Upgrade Scheme Capital Funding Plan (pages 139-145), and Fees and Charges for 2022/23 (from page 155).
We are keen to take this opportunity to check in with you about:
- how key Long-term Plan projects are tracking,
- highlight what we’ve achieved in Year 1, and
- let you know what our focus is in the 12 months ahead.
First up – the topics we got your feedback on through our Framing our Future Long-term Plan consultation last year. These were:
- The district museum function
- The Cromwell Masterplan capital projects
- And proposals to support three community-led projects – the Roxburgh community pool upgrade, Alexandra Riverside Park development, and the Omakau Community Hub.
The District Museum Function
First up, as a result of last year’s consultation process, an option was raised through submitter feedback to form an independent trust to lead the district museum function. This was explored and ended up being our path forward. A Central Otago Museums Trust has been formed and is currently recruiting a part-time coordinator.
The museum sector has worked in collaboration together to develop a Central Otago District Museum Strategy, which will guide the delivery of a district-wide museum approach.
Options for how to progress the Cromwell Masterplan’s town centre and the arts, culture and heritage precinct projects were the big-ticket items in our Long-term Plan consultation last year.
In November we announced that Christchurch-based firm Jasmax, working with Cromwell architect Jess Sutherland as its local architect partner, had been awarded the design contract for Cromwell’s new hall and events centre build.
Workshops and meetings with stakeholders for the investigation phase of the project got underway in late January. Community input at this stage has been via the External Stakeholders Group that has membership from the Cromwell Cultural Centre Trust, Cromwell Museum, Cromwell Town & Country Club, the Fine Thyme Theatre Company and the Cromwell RSA.
We are now in the final stages of the design investigation phase of the project. The next step will be to deliver concept plans for the Cromwell community board selection.
Work has begun on the Cromwell Mall masterplan workstream also with NMA the lead architects carrying out workshops with the Project Advisory Group and the Mall Upgrade Group. The Cromwell Mall masterplan workstream includes the town centre upgrade, a new service centre, library and resource centre.
Roxburgh Pool Upgrade
A passionate group of community-minded volunteers in the Teviot Valley have continued to put the mahi in to realise its vision for a makeover for the almost century-old Roxburgh Pool. The team have been busy on the fundraising and funding application-writing front, while also finalising plans for the build. From what we hear they are poised on the starting blocks ready to dive on in soon!
Omakau Community Hub
The Manuherekia Valleys Community Hub Trust has been established to activate a community hub for Omakau and the surrounding area, and work is progressing on a detailed design for the hub and planning fundraisers.
Alexandra Riverside Park
Central Otago District Council and the Alexandra Riverside Park Trust have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Stage 1 of the project to rejuvenate lower Tarbert Street in Alexandra with a new public space development at the junction of the Clutha-Mata-au and Manuherekia rivers. Council through its Parks and Recreation team will lead the project with Trust involvement in all key decisions.
We have a concept plan designed for this area, which we will soon be sharing with our community, to keep you in the loop on how this is shaping up and see what you think.
Other Highlights from Year 1 of the LTP
Here are just a few other highlights from the 2021-22 year (what we call Year 1 of our 10 Year Plan). You’ll hear more about these when we release our Annual Report later this year/
- We welcomed the opportunity to join the Welcoming Communities programme.
- Council adopted the Vincent Spatial Plan in January. This captures a 30-year vision of what the future of the Vincent ward could look like, offering guidance to the private and public sector, including direction for infrastructure investment and Council’s future planning.
- Our Infrastructure Team has had projects on the go all over the district from small sections of water pipe replacement, right through to large scale projects such as the Clyde wastewater reticulation. We have an infrastructure projects section on our Council website where you can read monthly updates on these projects.
- We joined with mana whenua to co-design a destination management plan for our district, with the goal of ensuring our community is at the heart of how we manage this incredible place as our tourism sector grows.
Responding to Reform
Of course, when reflecting on the past year the talk of Reform has featured almost as highly as talk of Covid, and monitoring and responding to reform proposals in the Three Waters space, Resource Management Act and the Future for Local Government have all added an extra layer of work for staff and elected members alike above the ‘business as usual’, and will continue to do so in the year ahead.
This annual plan year is not the year of too many bright new shiny objects. Instead, it is about doubling down on those things that we have committed to in the Long-term Plan to ensure excellent base level service for the people of Central Otago.
Here are a few things that we have committed to in the 2022/23 year ahead. You’ll be able to read more when we publish our Annual Plan in July.
- Construction of the Lake Dunstan Water Supply treatment plant, borefield and associated work is well underway, and is scheduled for completion in April 2023.
- Development, consultation and implementation of district wide bridge strategy is another key piece of work programmed. This strategy will help to manage and prioritise repairs, maintenance and renewal of the 176 bridges across the district.
- Once a tender is awarded for Council’s solid waste services contract, we will begin work with the successful tenderer on options for an organics facility for Central Otago to process both food and greenwaste with the aim of significantly reducing the amount of waste we all sent to landfill.
- Following on from the Cromwell and Vincent spatial plans, the next cab off the rank is the Teviot Valley. The communities in the valley can expect to be called upon to help create a spatial plan for your area.
- And, with construction scheduled for later this year on the Alexandra Library Refurbishment project we look forward to celebrating a grand opening with our community during the 2022/23 summer.
The dynamic environment of 2022 is bound to present challenges, but it is also bound to offer up opportunities. We look forward to continuing to work with you, our community, to deliver great service and make the most of what the great unknown will present to us.
- Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan and Chief Executive Sanchia Jacobs
Use our handy calculator tool (link below) to input your property address and get an estimate of your 2022-23 rates. Remember figures will not be finalised until the Annual Plan is adopted by Council in June and the rates are struck.