ORC : DCC …. Is there any hope?

Tahuna Wastewater Treatment Plant

### ODT Online Thu, 23 Sep 2010
Deadline may be missed in upgrade
By Chris Morris
Concerns the stage two upgrade of Dunedin’s Tahuna wastewater treatment plant – being built at a cost of $75.8 million – could miss a crucial deadline have prompted a warning from the Otago Regional Council.

Delays could be “managed”, but regional council staff needed to be alerted “much earlier in the process, rather than closer to the slippage…The moment there is a time slippage identified, then immediately it becomes a potential consent condition breach.”
-Dr Selva Selvarajah, ORC

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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17 responses to “ORC : DCC …. Is there any hope?

  1. Elizabeth

    Snacks for thought…

    ### ODT Online Sat, 25 Sep 2010
    Cairns sees vital role for regional councils
    By Rebecca Fox
    Environment stewards, economic developers or both? Rebecca Fox talks to retiring Otago Regional Council chairman Stephen Cairns about the role of the local body.

    “We’re creators of economic development, or inhibitors, if we get it wrong.”

    When it came to important decisions affecting the economy of the region, it was the council which would decide whether to merge Port Otago with Lyttelton’s port.

    The stadium issue led to some “pretty hurtful” comments at a time when much was going on behind the scenes.

    [Mr Cairns] had tried and failed to get the Dunedin City Council, which he firmly believed was the natural home for public transport, to take on the buses.

    Full story

  2. wirehunt

    So now the DCC and ORC can’t play nice. What a load of bollocks.

    No wonder people have lost faith in these mobs.

    • Elizabeth

      wirehunt, there’s a longish history of ORC : DCC niggly relations

      • Elizabeth

        Yet again, What if? finds – according to stats – ‘someone’ having a dashed good hunt through each of our historical posts these last days. Let’s say you have 1,195 posts to access, and a hell of a lot more individual comments from contributors. Have fun.

  3. wirehunt – I haven’t.

  4. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 21 Oct 2010
    Media ban ‘not a gag’
    By Chris Morris
    A project manager who discussed possible delays to the $75.8 million stage two upgrade of Dunedin’s Tahuna wastewater treatment plant has been ordered not to speak to media about the project.
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    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 4 Nov 2010
      Tender details next week
      By Chris Morris
      The Dunedin City Council expects to name within days the company that will build the next stage of the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant, but is denying the project has slipped further behind schedule. Council solid waste team leader Iain Satterthwaite said final details of the contract to build the $75.8 million stage two were still being “hammered out”, but more details were likely to be released next week.
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  5. Phil

    The PM showed himself up as a bit of an idiot in going public with the statement that the upgrade may not be completed by the date REQUIRED under the terms of the Resource Consent issued by the ORC. That was just waving the finger at the ORC because he considered his organisation to be above their organisation. The people running the Resource Consent group at the ORC are highly qualified, very experienced, and extremely unlikely to be intimidated by the likes of Mr Turner. Well done to the DCC managers who quite correctly pulled him back into line.

    Doesn’t the DCC employ someone whose sole task is to check all press releases before they go out? I can’t remember the guy’s name now, but he was a short stocky guy who must be close to retirement now.

    {Who, you mean Rodney? haha… -Eds}

  6. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 18 Nov 2010
    New loans needed to meet deadline
    By Chris Morris
    Dunedin city councillors will be asked to fast-track loans of up to $11.6 million to complete the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant on time, just weeks after Mayor Dave Cull signalled a new drive to save money.
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  7. Phil

    Well, I’m sorry but Brian Turner has only got himself to blame for the mess they are in with regard to the Tahuna upgrade. The ORC resource consent has always been very clear with its requirements for an acceptable solution and an acceptable timeframe. DCC has already sought, and been granted, a time extension.

    There’s a few people in that project team who thought that they were bigger than the ORC and that it was they who would decide if, and when, they would carry out any work. They were, of course, wrong on both points. Even now, I suspect that the plan is to cry “financial pressure” to the ORC, in order to obtain a further extension of time. An extension which is entirely due to poor project planning and management.

    Failure to complete the project within the time allocated by the Resource Consent will incur a daily penalty. But it may be decided that the penalty is less than the cost for raising the last minute finances. Achieving Mr Turner’s goal from the start.

    In my opinion, any person who thought it would be reasonable and acceptable to pump chlorinated waste out into the ocean is not a fit person to be managing this project.

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Tue, 23 Nov 2010
      Spending to be monitored
      By David Loughrey
      Fast-tracked spending of an extra $11.6 million for the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant was approved yesterday, but the Dunedin City Council has promised to “closely monitor” the situation. Cr Syd Brown and his colleagues at an infrastructure services committee meeting yesterday received a financial breakdown of the spending, which Cr Brown requested.
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      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Tue, 15 Feb 2011
        Plastic replacing chlorine at treatment plant
        By Chris Morris
        The Dunedin City Council is enlisting the help of algae and more than 110,000 black bags to help clean the city’s wastewater stream. Small mountains of the black bags have been appearing at several sites near the Tahuna wastewater treatment plant in Dunedin.
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        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Fri, 15 Apr 2011
          Chlorination will continue at plant
          By Chris Morris
          John MackieThe Dunedin City Council is likely to seek a nine-month extension to a consent condition allowing chlorination at its Tahuna wastewater plant, because of delays completing the Tahuna upgrade.
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        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Fri, 13 May 2011
          Burning best in meantime
          By David Loughrey
          The incinerator at the Tahuna waste treatment plant in Dunedin will burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week from September this year, and will do so for the next two years. The city council agreed to that option, while water and waste staff wait for new technology with better environmental outcomes to be tested in other areas.
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        • Elizabeth

          18.6.11 ODT Online: Progress at Tahuna

          The concrete and steel outline of a new $3.3 million dewatering building is slowly taking shape at the Tahuna wastewater plant in Dunedin.

  8. Phil

    I’d say it was a joke, but it’s far from funny. The DCC have had 10 years to build this plant. 10 years. That’s a decade. 5 years with the original consent, and 5 years with the extention of time consent which was sought because Water and Waste hadn’t bothered to do anything about the plant during the first 5 years. The Empire State Building took less than 2 years. By the time the waste treatment plant is completed, assuming no further extentions are sought above the one currently being sought, it will be completed 6 months faster than the construction of St Pauls Cathedral in London.

    Personally, I don’t believe this has anything to do with construction or design delays. Not for a moment. Not after 10 years. If that’s the case, then Brian Turner should be shown the door. It’s bad enough that the design is already obsolete technology. No, I believe this extention of time request has been planned for the past 12 months. Purely to push some of the project costs into the following financial year. Athol stated some time back that the cost of penalties imposed by the ORC would be less than the money saved in delaying the project. Allowing for funding to be channelled to “you know where”. Which highlights a massive hole in the RMA which is being exploited by those who should and do know better. Yet another embarrassment to Dunedin caused by the stadium.

  9. Phil

    Oh, right. I suspect they mean that they will wait another 2 years until the rest of the world have concluded their 30 years of testing. On what planet do they believe that they are leading the way, environmentally ?

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