Key considerations for the Grey District
We understand the importance of exploring alternatives to make sure three waters services are delivered in the best way possible.
Local Government Changes
The Government is undertaking the Three Waters Reform ahead of, and in isolation of, the Resource Management Act (RMA) Reform and the Future of Local Government Review.
There is an opportunity for the Government to coordinate these proposals given they are interrelated and will have an intergenerational impact.
Over the last 10 years, we’ve invested over $25,774,800 in water infrastructure to ensure our high standard of service.
There would be some efficiencies in the Governments proposal from economies of scale, but the evidence provided regarding the level of efficiencies the entities will achieve may be limited when applied to New Zealand geography and population.
Council has already approved LTP spend of $36,895,011 to apply towards upgrades and our renewal program, which will lead to further efficiency gains within our three water infrastructures.
We have recently released our Long Term Plan, which models our projections of rates to 2031.
The data received of the new entity cost, may not provide our residents with a lower rate than we are currently offering.
The Council has achieved significant growth in our infrastructure with work currently underway to establish three new reservoirs sites with a fourth to be established within the Greymouth area (two additional reservoirs). All stormwater renewals are developed and designed with consideration of climate change. Our catchments protection is critical for our drinking water, with careful consideration to the disposal of stormwater and wastewater, and the impact on our environment.
Having a separate three waters entity may lead to a lack of funding prioritisation for our community, which is a huge concern of ours.
Connection with the Local community
Currently, ratepayers have a direct link through elected members who are available to hear community views. The proposed reform could result in less connection to local decision makers and mean our community has less of a say in how water services are provided.