Council's Key Projects

Council's Key Projects

Building a Strong and Vibrant Future for South Taranaki

“Alive with opportunity”, is the catchphrase for South Taranaki and it also reflects our Council’s approach to building a strong and vibrant district over the next ten years.

Previously, Council’s focus has been on upgrading our water and wastewater infrastructure and key community facilities. With these projects largely finished we are now in the enviable position of having completed most of the costly upgrades that many Councils’ are still facing.

The focus for the next ten years is on maintaining our current assets and core services as well as implementing projects to retain and grow our population.

While the medium to long term predictions for economic growth in South Taranaki are positive, one of the key challenges we face (as for most rural council’s in New Zealand) is how to retain and grow our population (and ratepayer) base. If South Taranaki is to achieve its potential we must not only retain existing residents but attract new skilled workers and their families to the District. A second key challenge is how we respond to the upcoming changes in the government’s earthquake prone buildings legislation.

To respond to these challenges Council has developed a number of projects designed to make South Taranaki an attractive and desirable place to live and do business.

At the same time Council is very conscious of the need to keep rates at an affordable level. Consequently we are funding our key projects with existing reserves and earnings from the Council’s Long Term Investment Fund, rather than through rates.

The following pages are only some of the key priority projects the Council set as part of our 2015 - 2025 Long Term Plan. There are many more projects the Council is also working on such as the new sports facility at Taumata Park in Eltham, the new Nukumaru Station Road to Waiinu Beach, the Opunake Beach Masterpan, Inaha Water Treatment Plant to name a few.

To see a list of all the projects Council is working on over the next year to three years check out our 2016 - 2017 Annual Plan or our 2015 - 2025 Long Term Plan.