Queenstown Lakes District Council will be asked today to adopt the draft 2019-2020 Annual Plan.
QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said a big focus for this Annual Plan is council’s journey towards zero waste and calls for community action to support this vision.
“We are excited to be rolling out a new solid waste service from July 1 across the district which provides an opportunity for many to rethink the way they manage waste. As a council and a community we must accept that the actions of every individual can shift the outcomes for future generations,” he said.
“We’ve worked hard to make this service an affordable proposition for the wider community and for many, the change will represent an overall cost saving.”
From July 1, the 140L waste bins will be collected weekly, while the 140L glass and 240L mixed recycling bins will be collected on alternate weeks.
The amount of rubbish households can send to landfill per week, as paid for through rates, will be restricted to a 140L bin. That amount will seem excessive to those already well on their way to a zero waste future. To those households council asks for patience: “You’re the future-facing members of our community already making significant steps towards zero waste.”
The new service will be paid for through the waste management charge which will increase by $160 per annum with council acknowledging in the Annual Plan that these less wasteful households may also have to pay more.
“For many the change will represent an overall cost saving, for others it’s probably a cost neutral proposition, some may end up paying marginally more. For those individuals who are already on their way to creating minimal waste, we acknowledge and accept that for you, there is a price to supporting the whole district’s journey towards zero waste.”
This year’s Annual Plan will also provide an update on variations from the district’s 2018-2028 Ten year Plan for the 2019-20 period.
It will include proposed changes to major projects, strategic decisions and essential spending on infrastructure and services along with information on the resulting average projected rates increase of 8.72 percent.
The Annual Plan consultation document will be available online following council's adoption of the draft Annual Plan today (March 7).
Submissions will be open from March 11 to April 12 at 5pm and hearings will be held in Wanaka on May 20 and in Queenstown on May 21.