Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has announced it is working with the investors of Mount Cardrona Station to consider the option of engaging in the design and build of a significantly improved wastewater infrastructure for Cardrona Valley.
Peter Hansby, QLDC general manager of property and infrastructure, welcomed the opportunity and said, “With a growing resident and visitor population in Cardrona, the Council needs to ensure wastewater service capacity is both increased and improved to be able to meet the demand in a timely manner. The Cardrona community is experiencing rapid change and a new solution for wastewater is imperative”.
Hansby added, “At this stage the Council is keen to understand the feasibility of a proposed solution and what the possible investment would be. There are still a number of details to work through before an agreement, costs and timings for the project are finalised and Council’s involvement is confirmed. But a new treatment plant could potentially cater for wastewater flows arriving from the Cardrona Village, Cardrona Alpine Resort and the Mount Cardrona Station residential and visitor accommodation alpine resort zone. If Council can deliver a more cost effective wastewater solution by working collaboratively with private providers that will be a great outcome for the whole community”.
The directors of Mount Cardrona Station, Chris Morton and Andrew Spencer, said, “the wastewater scheme will play a big part in supporting the projected growth in the Cardrona catchment”.
Hansby clarified that any Council investment needs to be subject to approval by the full Council, which would include establishing how the investment would be funded, such as through development contributions, as well as the future operating costs that may impact residential and commercial rates.