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Dunedin’s 3 waters, no CCO

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● Dunedin’s water, wastewater and storm water network

DCC Three Waters Strategy
Management of Water, Wastewater and Stormwater (The 3 Waters)
Our main objective is to protect public health and safety by delivering enough safe drinking water to, and safely removing waste and storm water from, everyone connected to the network, with minimal impact on the environment and at an acceptable financial cost. We also aim to provide protection from flooding and erosion as well as controlling and reducing pollution in stormwater discharges to waterways and the sea. As well as delivering services today, we need to plan for the future, making sure we will be able to deliver the service that future generations will need.
http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/your-council/council-projects/3waters

Dunedin City Council
Media Release

Working Party to Recommend Dunedin’s 3 Waters Remain In-House

This item was published on 24 Aug 2012.

The DCC’s 3 Waters Working Party has prepared a report for the Finance Strategy and Development Committee on 5 September, recommending that a Council-controlled organisation (CCO) should not be formed, but instead an enhanced status quo option should be developed.

With information gathered from numerous background reports, including the extensive assessment of the proposal from DELTA Utilities Ltd, commissioned from Morrison Low and Associates, the 3 Waters CCO Working Party has formulated a view on the preferred future structure for the delivery of 3 Waters services (waste [sic]* supply, wastewater and storm water).

The reasons supporting the recommendation that a CCO not be formed are:

● The DCC would be less able to directly manage and control a CCO to achieve its aims, particularly where those aims relate to a whole-of-DCC approach to achieve benefits for the wider city.

● The retention of full governance responsibilities with the Council means it can more directly make decisions about the present and future direction of the Water and Waste department.

● The DCC’s asset management capability is well-respected in New Zealand’s water industry and development of its capability has been underway for some time as part of existing business improvement processes. Retaining this sophisticated asset management capability in-house allows the DCC to have confidence in its ability to understand its assets and to plan for the future delivery of these services.

● Externally appointed directors bring additional skills but there are other ways such input can be provided for without requiring a change in governance structure.

The three subsequent recommendations in the report are to:

● Retain asset management in-house

● Review the service delivery options for operations and maintenance (This is in line with the review of other DCC services to ensure the best value for money.)

● Investigate the creation of an advisory board

The DCC’s Water and Waste Services staff, who are directly affected by this report have been informed today of its contents. They now await the decision that will be made when the report is presented to the Finance, Strategy and Development Committee on Wednesday 5 September.

The report and associated documents will be available shortly before the Committee meeting.

Contact General Manager City Operations on 477 4000.

DCC Link

* What if? suggests the paragraph should read: “…the 3 Waters CCO Working Party has formulated a view on the preferred future structure for the delivery of 3 Waters services (water supply, wastewater and storm water).” -Eds

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South Dunedin and other flood zones

### ODT Online Fri, 25 Nov 2011
South Dunedin flood zone
By Chris Morris
Cutting-edge computer modelling undertaken by the Dunedin City Council has highlighted the flooding threat to South Dunedin – and elsewhere in the city – fuelled by climate change and a rising sea level. The modelling formed part of work on 11 integrated catchment management plans, together covering most of Dunedin, developed by the council over the past three years. The plans would help shape future investment in the council’s water network, as well as other planning decisions, as part of the council’s Three Waters strategy for water, stormwater and wastewater networks up to 2060.
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Development contributions

### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
Development debate
By David Loughrey

Development contributions are fees levelled on property developers to pay for infrastructure required by subdivisions, such as water and wastewater, roads and reserves. Under proposed changes, developments placing additional demand on infrastructure could attract extra charges.

The Dunedin City Council will sit on November 22 to consider what Mayor Dave Cull said was a complex issue – a charge on developers opponents say could kill development in Dunedin. The council yesterday ended a three-day hearing on the issue that raised a host of legal and philosophical questions, and highlighted many areas where more work needed to be done.
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### ODT Online Tue, 8 Nov 2011
Heavyweight attack on plan
By David Loughrey

Lawyer Phil Page, for CIDA, Cranbrook Properties and Balmoral Investments, said there was a legal prohibition on “double dipping”, with the Forsyth Barr Stadium providing a good example. It was paid for through council company dividends, made up for by rates. It could not be charged for again through development contributions, something Mr Page said was “a key issue here”.

The group opposing a new charge on developers in Dunedin wheeled out its big guns yesterday, with a parade of lawyers, valuers, tax specialists, planners and builders to argue against the charge from every possible angle. The Construction Industry and Developers Association (CIDA), set up to oppose the draft development contributions policy, took up most of the third and final day of hearings on the issue.
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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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