First Te Anau sewerage committee meeting 'a success'

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong listens intently during the first  meeting of the Te Anau Wastewater Discharge ...
Barry Harcourt

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong listens intently during the first meeting of the Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee.

The first meeting of a new committee tasked with assessing Te Anau's sewerage options was a success, Southland mayor Gary Tong says.

The new Southland District Council Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee met for the first time in Te Anau on Wednesday.

District mayor and committee chairman Gary Tong said he was pleased with the first meeting, and members had robust discussion on the wording on some of the documents. 

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"They wanted to tidy up some of the presentation, and ensure it was clear and concise," he said.

The committee decided on the terms of reference for potential contractors interested in conducting a peer review of the proposed scheme which is presently on the table.

The terms of reference were essentially a 'scope of work' for the reviewer, he said.

Five expressions of interest in the job had already been received by the council, and the terms of reference would be provided to each organisation interested in the reviewing position so they could put in a formal bid.

Members wanted someone who would regularly liaise with the committee, Tong said.

"We don't want someone who will just disappear into the atmosphere and reappear when they want to, we want regular updates."

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He hoped the committee would meet again in about four to six weeks to make a formal decision on who the peer reviewer would be.

Consents approved by independent commissioners in January have been appealed to the Environment Court, and form part of the proposal which will be reviewed.

Two people spoke in the public forum section of the meeting, both to express their support for the committee, Tong said.

The committee also appointed councillor Lyall Bailey as deputy chairman who could fill Tong's role if he was unavailable, he said.

"I did remind them this would be a very intense, time consuming project."

 - The Southland Times

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