East Rotoiti/Rotoma sewerage scheme
Council committed through its Long-term Plan to a reticulated sewerage scheme for East Rotoiti/Rotomā. The project will contribute to Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme goals to improve lakes water quality and protect public health and features a strong commitment to respecting traditional cultural values and broader community expectations.
There are about 700 properties in the proposed service area for this scheme, which will replace current septic tanks. Allowance has been made for some future growth.
Council has worked alongside a community-led steering committee for the East Rotoiti/Rotomā community since 2013 to establish a preferred option. Properties will connect to a stand-alone wastewater treatment plant which will treat wastewater to a very high standard before it is discharged to land.
Completing the library and child health hub
Rotorua Lakes Council and the Lakes District Health Board have collaborated on a unique project which will see modern library services and child support services co-located in a vibrant community hub that caters to all ages and all users of the services. The library building has undergone earthquake strengthening as part of the upgrade and the shared hub will open out onto an extended Jean Batten park. Council set aside $8.3m towards this innovative project in the Long-term Plan and the project is on track for completion in November 2017.
Manawa - Heart of the City
Creating a vibrant city heart that attracts people and activity was a priority for Council and the Rotorua community and following several rounds of community consultation and input from inner city business people, Council set aside $1.2m in its Long-term Plan for a refresh of the former City Focus, now renamed Manawa (Heart of the city). The completed works will modernise the area and create a people-friendly space for activity, will improve sight lines and open up the intersection to traffic in all directions. The works are due for completion in August 2017.
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre
Providing a fit-for-purpose, multi-use venue that can showcase all forms of performance will help strengthen Rotorua's cultural and performing arts offering, bringing vibrancy to the centre and maximising its use. The centre also needs earthquake strengthening and the total project – an upgrade and strengthening – will cost an estimated $6.5million. Council will work with key stakeholders to strengthen the value proposition for the proposed project before a final decision is made and $1million has been allocated in the 2017/18 year to complete the value case and potentially start detailed design and construction.
Presenting Our Place: Entranceways
Strong entranceway features are among the first things returning locals and tourists see when entering Rotorua city and they often become a powerful symbol that forms part of the district's identity. Council has approved $300,000 to enhance the city's northern and eastern entrances.
Sports facility funding
Rotorua's active environment and easy lifestyle are important to its residents and we are striving to ensure that there are outstanding places to play throughout the district.
Monitoring Our Key Projects (still to come)
Reporting on the key projects.