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Roading continues to be a significant
burden on Southland ratepayers, as the
Southland District Council’s latest annual
During the 2008-09 year the council
overspent its roading budget by $2.7
Chief executive David Adamson said
roading continued to be a test as it was the
council’s main area of focus and spending.
“During the year, Council resealed more
than 116km and rehabilitated 18km on our
roads. A new route for Papatotara Coast
Road was developed inland and a number
of roads were resealed on Stewart Island,”
“Together with maintenance activities,
Council’s overall expenditure on roading
was $26.6 million compared to the
budget of $23.9 million.”
Unfortunately, the New Zealand Transport
Agency’s cuts to funding had extenuated
the problems and this was a major issue for
the council, he said.
Despite the roading blow-out, the council
returned a net surplus of $4.6 million,
albeit less than the budgeted $14.4 million.
Contributing to this was a reduction in
asset development revenue of $6 million,
principally due to the timing of a number
of water and wastewater projects, Mr
Adamson said. Other revenue was lower
by $2.3 million, with the key reason being
that the old Waiau Airport had not yet been
sold. There was also increased operational
The annual report, which was adopted last
Thursday received an unqualified audit
report. Southland District Mayor Frana
Cardno said she was proud to receive an
unqualified audit report.
“It shows Council is on track and the people
of Southland can have confidence in us,”
Mrs Cardno said.
Satisfaction with the performance of the
council and its activities remained high and
improvements in satisfaction in dog control,
location of refuse stations and recycling
centres, community development and the
level of consultation were pleasing.
Council records surplus despite roading blowout
A new floating berth at Milford Sound has
been completed and is already in operation.
The $805,000 berth is the first stage of a
$3.5 million project by the Milford Sound
Development Authority (MDA) to improve
the entire marina area at Milford Sound.
The whole project is expected to take about
three years to complete.
MDA Operations Manager Andrew Welsh
said the replacement of the floating
berth at Milford was contracted to
E-Type Engineering in Invercargill with
Alistair-Patton McDonald from Te Anau
subcontracting the piling work.
The project met with some initial hitches
when late winter weather caused some
disruptions to the work schedule and some
difficulties were encountered in removing
the old steel and concrete piles.
However the installation of the new berths
proceeded without incident..
“With the official
on November 1st,
the new wharf has
put into service as
the fine weather and
are providing visitors
with some fantastic
on Milford Sound,” Mr
The upgrade of MDA
installation of the
730m penstock for the
Knobs Flat Hydro scheme and the
introduction of a waste
minimisation strategy for Milford.
New Milford berth operational
The Milford Monarch, operated by Real Journeys,
makes use of the Milford Sound Development
Authority’s new floating berth at Milford Sound.
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure
in Lumsden this week as the town prepares
for a spring clean.
Residents are being given the opportunity to
put any inorganic waste, such as whiteware,
furniture or other bulky household items,
outside homes on Thursday and Friday.
People then have the opportunity to sort
through what is on offer before all the
“trash” is collected by Lion’s Club and
Lumsden Volunteer Fire Brigade members
on Saturday from 8am.
Organiser Bruce Miiller said the collection
would finish before the Tour of Southland
cyclists arrive, about 11.20am.
If elderly residents required assistance with
lifting they should either contact a member
of the Lumsden Lion’s Club or call Rose
Knowles at the Southland District Council
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