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Read about the exciting projects currently in progress in the Westland District.

Through the 2018 - 2028 Long Term Plan Process, Council decided to construct a new water treatment plant at Arahura Pa to treat water drawn from a new source.

This is a significant project to ensure the security of the drinking water supply for residents in the area and ensure that the water meets the current Drinking Water Standards.

Council awarded the tender for the project to Process Flow in September 2020, which began building the new Water Treatment Plant at their Nelson workshop. Civil work at the site for the plant began in April with access tracks and foundations being laid. The prefabricated structure that contains the filtration, disinfection and pumping components is expected to be transported to the site in Arahura during July. At that stage, the new bore and associated delivery pipework can be connected and commissioning will be carried out in the following months.

Work is expected to be completed in the first quarter of the 2021/2022 year.

In September 2016, an initial engineering report determined that the Carnegie Building was earthquake prone and in need of major seismic strengthening for it to be safe for full-time occupation as a museum and to host museum staff and visitors.

A subsequent peer review of this engineering report revealed that the building was above the 34% National Building Standards (NBS) rating and therefore occupation was acceptable, although lower than the recommended 67% for public buildings.

In early 2018, construction drawing and engineering design work for the earthquake strengthening work were prepared and the successful tenderer for earthquake strengthening appointed in 2019. The work was delayed while Council applied for external funding to complete work to bring the museum’s climate and collection storage up to modern museum standards.

Funding from the Ministry of Culture and Heritage was approved in late 2020. The final tender for work was awarded to Trademark Construction in April 2021 and work began immediately with work on the building expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Council sees a need to upgrade and improve the current Hokitika Swimming Pool to a modern facility and to fulfil the needs of the community.

Funding from central Government will allow us to complete Stage 1, which is to replace core infrastructure starting in 2021. Stage 2 will include renovating the existing changing facilities and creating a new reception and entryway.

Stage 3 is subject to further external funding, and Council plans to build an extension to the pool, to include a heated toddlers or learners swimming pool.

Upgrades to the swimming pool will be staged over a three year period, with the swimming pool open during the summer months and closed during the winter for work to be done. Council offers three-monthly swimming passes