Pursuant to Sections 19 -23 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977, it is advised that the current restrictions controlling lighting of fires in the whole area of the South Canterbury Rural Fire District between the Rangitata River to the Waitaki River, sea to the Alps have been lifted effective midnight WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2013.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the provisions of Section 22.2 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 the following fire seasons are in force from midnight SATURDAY 2 MARCH 2013 until further notice.
Sewer renewal along Wai-iti Rd will affect traffic flows
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 14:05 |
A section of an aging sewer main along Wai-iti Road between St Johns Avenue and Guinness Street is to be replaced in a major engineering project that will last for the next three months.
Works start from St Johns Avenue on Monday March 4 with the project expected to cause some changes to traffic flows, and those using cycle lanes and footpaths.
Timaru District Council drainage and water manager Grant Hall said today the work was necessary because the old sewer main, made largely of vitrified clay, was first laid in 1911 “and now, 100 years or so on, the pipe had reached the end of its useful life”.
“This sewer main has served us well, but now with the gradual breakdown of the pipe over time there is a risk of major failure,” Mr Hall said.
“The work will also increase the capacity and integrity of the entire sewer main network.”
He said that because of the location of the sewer main, mostly down the centre of Wai-iti Road, traffic flows will be changed with a series of single lane zones and detours.
“We will endeavour to ensure that traffic flow is maintained and we will be notifying the public prior to changes in speed restrictions and road layout.
“However, motorists are asked to avoid using the arterial route completely where possible.”
Mr Hall said modern engineering methods would reduce the impact however. Trenchless technology would mainly be used. This involved a pipe-bursting system, which would fracture and displace the old sewer main allowing a modern new plastic pipe to be inserted into the underground cavity, and directional drilling.
“The PVC pipe offered greater protection against root intrusion; was chemical resistant and offered more latitude to ground movement in the event of earthquakes,” Mr Hall said.
Directional drilling would be used for some areas of the new sewer main alignment and open cuts would be used only where both of these trenchless methods were unsuitable, he said.
The new sewer line would need to be connected to individual private properties as work progressed west from St Johns Avenue but access to private properties will be maintained.
“Contractor Hadlee and Brunton will take the steps of putting steel plates on top of any exposed trenches to maintain the access, and staff will be available to guide anyone in and out of their properties if their view of the road is obstructed,” Mr Hall said.
The project was budgeted in the council’s Long Term Plan to cost $440,000.
Washdyke Industrial Expansion Area
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 13:30 |
Timaru District Council is committed to promoting economic growth within the district. Economic growth leads to increased business opportunities, increased jobs and increased overall wealth and well being for the residents of the Timaru District Council.
An integral component for this growth to occur is the identification and development of sufficient tracts of land for industrial development. Timaru District Council has been pro-active in this regard with the identification and zoning of appropriate land in the Washdyke area, a satellite suburb of Timaru.
The re-zoning of the Washdyke Industrial Expansion area by Council has provided an additional 73 Hectares of industrial land to the north of the existing industrial land in Washdyke with most of this new land being zoned for heavy industry. Council is currently constructing some new sewerage and pipe work to cater for the demands of this new industrial Expansion Area (industrial businesses will still need to meet minimum sewerage treatment standards).
Washdyke is ideally placed to be the industrial hub of the region being located on the South Island’s main arterial transport route, State Highway 1, and 10 minutes to the Timaru CBD and Timaru’s Prime Port. Over the last 5 years Council has improved the transport corridors between Washdyke and Timaru, making the transportation of raw materials and products a very efficient and cost effective process.
At the time of writing this document the issue of developer/Council contributions towards the installation of infrastructure in the Industrial Expansion Area is not certain due to the Government commissioning a review of how Councils develop and implement Development Contributions. Once this review has been completed in mid 2013 Council will develop a policy on the level of contributions developers will be required to make prior to the development commencing, thereby giving developers certainty around infrastructure costs.
If you are a potential developer or business owner and you are interested in discussing any aspect of the Washdyke Industrial Expansion Area please contact the Timaru District Council’s Group Manager Regulatory Services Chris English on (03) 6877281.
Chris is available to facilitate meetings between appropriate Council staff, business agencies and the prospective developer/business owner so that interested parties obtain timely and accurate information.
Chris is also tasked with ensuring that Councils commitment to economic growth in regard to the Washdyke Industrial Expansion Area is achieved by ensuring that any proposed development has a process that is as seamless and barrier free as possible.
See below for a detailed map of the Washdyke industrial Expansion area.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the provisions of Section 22.2 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 the following fire season is in force from midnight SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2012 until further notice.
Lifting of Total Fire Ban - Mackenzie Basin/Hakataramea Valley, Rangitata Gorge
Notice is hearby given that pursuant to the provisions of Section 22.2 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 that the Total Fire Ban has now been lifted as from midnight Friday 22 March 2013 and replaced with a RESTRICTED FIRE SEASON.
Notice is hearby given that pursuant to the provisions of Section 22.2 of the Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977 that as from midnight Friday 22 March 2013 a Restricted Fire season is now imposed over the whole of the South Canterbury Area.
On Tuesday 5 March, every resident and visitor in New Zealand must take part in the 2013 Census.
The census will count how many people and households there are in New Zealand. Among other things, this information will be used to help determine funding for services such as education, transport and healthcare.
You can fill in your census form online or on paper. Internet Access Codes and paper forms will delivered to your home between Saturday 16 February and Tuesday 5 March. Collection forms will begin on Wednesday 6 March.