Committee recommending Kepler

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Southland District Council’s Te Anau wastewater discharge project committee has agreed the Kepler block is the most viable disposal site for treated wastewater within the timeframe.

At its meeting in Te Anau on Thursday, the committee discussed the suitability of sites which were offered by members of the public as possibilities for the disposal of treated wastewater. Council had received eight expressions of interest, which were evaluated by independent specialists, e3Scientific.

“We took on board the specialist’s advice and the issues around the eight possible sites and agreed that the Kepler block is the most viable site,” mayor and committee chair Gary Tong said.

The committee will further consider if an alternative option to the consented centre pivot irrigation method should be recommended to Council and will discuss this at another meeting on 28 November.

The committee will also review the final business case on the 28th, and Council will take the committee’s recommendation into account when making the decision at its meeting on 13 December.

“I am proud of the way the committee has worked through this process. Discussion has been open and honest and people have been able to express their opinion,” Mr Tong said.

“It has not been easy, nor the option that some committee members were hoping for, but there has been a lot of effort that has gone into exploring whether there were any viable alternative sites.”


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