Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


November Referendum Planned on Ohura Water Supply Issue

November Referendum Planned on Ohura Water Supply Issue

Over 30 Ohura residents attended the third in a series of community meetings on Wednesday (11 June) to discuss the future of Ohura’s water supply.

Ruapehu District Council (RDC) has been working with the local community over the past year to find a long term viable solution for the future supply of drinking water in Ohura with the current scheme being unsustainable in its current form.

RDCD Chief Executive, Peter Till, said that Council was pleased with the high level of on-going engagement from the Ohura residents in the process.

“At the meeting Council outlined the process and steps required for working toward a binding referendum on shutting down the current Ohura water treatment plant.”

“The decision about the future of the water treatment plant and drinking water supply in Ohura is the communities alone,” he said.

“To be binding 75% of voters need to vote in favour of closing the plant.”

Mr Till noted that there is a large financial benefit to Ohura ratepayers in closing the water treatment plant.

“Currently Ohura water rates are averaging around $1,200 per household which are twice as high as any other part of the district.”

“These will cease if the plant close and Council is working on putting together a low interest loan option for residents who are financially unable to fund the installation of a water tank.”

“If a ‘close vote’ is not achieved the status quo will continue and Council will reconsider other options.”

Mr Till said that between now and the planned postal referendum date of late November Council staff will assess each property on the reticulated network.

“The community will be provided with copies of all the findings before the referendum.”

“If residents vote to close down the water treatment plant they will have until 30 June 2016 to install an alternative water system such as a roof fed water tank.”

Mr Till added that one critical step is that residents need to ensure that they are on the electoral roll if they want to vote in the referendum.

“Due to the high level of community engagement to date Council is confident of a good response to the referendum,” he said.

“Unfortunately there are no easy solutions but everyone involved recognises that we cannot continue with the status quo which is the worst possible solution we can have.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news