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Boards to consider topic
By CHE BAKER
A district-wide funding model for
water services infrastructure will be
discussed by Central Otago com-
munity boards this month.
Boards will receive a report by
Central Otago District Council chief
executive officer Phil Melhopt
outlining ''key tensions and challen-
ges'' facing water infrastructure
which seeks to address two matters;
Should water and wastewater
schemes be individually target rated
or funded on average across the
district and should community
boards relinquish their delegations
for water infrastructure and return
them to the council's district
infrastructure services committee.
''District funding has been a topic of
discussion by councillors for a
couple of years and was introduced
into the public arena as a discussion
point in our long term plan last
year,'' Mr Melhopt said.
During the plan's submission pro-
cess the council asked if residents
thought it was fair that some people
pay considerably more than others.
The question attracted 71 responses,
of which 60 per cent were in support
of averaging water rates, 34 per cent
were against and 6 per cent were
Vincent Community Board will be
the first to consider the report at
their meeting on Monday.
Each community board will get its
turn to make recommendations for
the council to consider at its May 1
If the council decides to make
changes to the way water services
were funded across the district they
would be implemented from the
2014/15 financial year.
It was hoped changes to delegated
authority would be determined
ahead of the triennial elections in
October to allow candidates to know
what their decision-making scope
Novice paddlers: Mayu Nakamoto, Rika Fukushima, Yui Shigesue, all aged 20, and Kana Hamamoto, 21, ready at
McNulty Inlet in Cromwell last week for their first time kayaking.
Photo: CHE BAKER 627688538
Days crammed with adventure
By CHE BAKER
Visiting a vineyard, an orchard
or a farm is nothing new for
most Central Otago people but it
was a new experience for 14
Japanese exchange students
visiting Cromwell last week.
The students, from the Yasuda
Women's University in Hiro-
shima, were in New Zealand to
learn English in a cultural
learning exchange programme
with Otago Polytechnic.
''The students are just blown
away by this place,'' programme
co-ordinator Julie Mulholland
While the students were very
good at writing English the trip
was to encourage them to listen
and speak the language, Mrs
The students had been touring
the area visiting a vineyard, an
orchard and a farm as well as jet
boating, horse riding and trying
kayaking for the first time at
Student Rika Fukushima said
her favorite thing about New
Zealand was the views and the
cookies ''are very delicious''.
The students said that they felt
as safe in New Zealand as they
did back home in Japan.
Gold trail part-opens
for walkers and cyclists
By BARBARA WITHINGTON
Trail-blazers: Chairman of the
Clutha Gold Trail trust Rod Peirce
(right) rides alongside some of the
walkers on the 45 South cavalcade
walking trail along the new
cycleway near Pinders Pond.
Photo: BARBARA WITHINGTON
It may not be fully completed or
officially open, but the Clutha
Gold Cycle Trail got some great
exposure last week.
Two walking groups on the 2013
cavalcade walked at least half
the trail each on their way to
Trail chairman Rod Peirce
joined Clutha District Council
mayor Brian Cadogan and trail
member Murray Paterson in
what they called a ''soft-
opening'' of the 5km from
Lawrence to Evans Flat before
Sandra Cain's Whiskey Galore
trail set off on Wednesday
Matthew Sole has been an
adviser to the group since the
idea was first mooted and as
trail boss on the 45 South trail,
led his 28-strong group across
the Roxburgh Dam and onto the
trail that same morning.
''It is so nice to walk it after
having biked it'' Mr Sole said,
''you have time to appreciate the
open and shade effects as you
meander along, and see so many
things you don't see on a bike.''
He has also had a chance to see
where some careful culling of
trees would open ''view shafts''
so people could enjoy the trail so
Mr Peirce said the part of the
trail from the dam to Pinders
Pond would be opened in the
next few weeks with a new
bridge over the Teviot River in
place within the next few days.
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