Marlborough recovery: infrastructure to lead the way

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Marlborough recovery: infrastructure to lead the way

  • Date 11:42 AM Thursday 9 April 2020
  • Type COVID-19

Marlborough District Council has a key role to play in countering and recovering from the serious economic effects of the international COVID-19 crisis.

Mayor John Leggett says Council's key focus is on delivering its planned infrastructure projects.

“Our engineers, design consultants and project managers are doing everything they can to get these projects under construction,” he says.

“The Council’s large capital programme will provide significant opportunities and downstream expenditure for local contractors and builders.”

“To keep the economy moving and prepare us for recovery once the lockdown period is over, we are increasing our strong focus on capital expenditure projects. These projects are all budgeted for and have no impact on rates.”

“For 2020-21 we will finance over $60 million of capital expenditure, with similar amounts over each of the next three years. There are also some big projects and several smaller ones budgeted in 2019-20 going out to tender in the next few months totalling close to $40 million.”

The capital projects to be delivered between now and 2024 include:

  • District Library/Art Gallery, Blenheim: $19.5m (construction expected to start in 2020)
  • Reserves, including completion of Lansdowne Park Sports Hub and sand-based surface: $6m in 2020
  • Roading renewals and minor improvements – including sealed road resurfacing, seal widening, intersection improvements, bridge renewals, jetty replacement: $33.3m ($12m in 2020)
  • Flood protection, including stop banks and drains improvements: $16.4m
  • Riverlands sewer treatment plant: $23.4m
  • Picton sewerage – including pipeline (Waikawa), pump station and treatment plant upgrades: $14m ($2m in 2020)
  • Havelock sewerage – treatment plant: $7.4m
  • Blenheim stormwater – including Redwood Street, Muller Road and Murphys Creek: $11m (some under way, further work to commence 2020)
  • Blenheim sewerage – including pipeline and pump station upgrades: $42.9m ($23m starting in 2020)
  • Havelock water – treatment plant and reservoir: $6.4m
  • Picton water – including Essons Treatment Plant, Speeds pipeline and metering: $10.3m
  • Renwick water – treatment plant: $8.9m
  • Riverlands water – treatment plant: $7.1m
  • Solid Waste – additional stages for the Bluegums landfill: $12.6m
  • Flaxbourne Irrigation Scheme: $14.2m

“These projects will help us meet the demands for future growth in Marlborough and provide a much needed boost to the region’s economy.”