Dowsing calls for progress on DrainWise
DISTRICT councillor Shannon Dowsing has called for faster progress on the $22 million DrainWise project to stop wastewater discharges into city rivers.
He was commenting on the activity report of Gisborne District Council chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann.
The report says 46 percent of the $10.1 million total project costs to date have been spent. The total projected cost of the project is $22 million.
Mr Dowsing said the DrainWise project was still “massively under budget”.
The council had received a peer review that told them what they already knew: that private property problems were where they needed to focus.
“We have done some steps but obviously when you are talking about what the council can do to assist the public, we should be having that conversation immediately and deciding to move forward on fixing the most severe problems,” said Mr Dowsing.
“I don’t think there is anyone under the illusion that we are not going to have to do some work on private property.
“I don’t think there is anyone in this room who does not have an appetite to fix that problem. I think we should be moving on that far further and far faster.
“If you need us to make a decision then put something in front of us," he said.
Ms Thatcher Swann’s report said the council progressed work on the wastewater network in August.
Contractors flushed the eastern interceptor in the Carnarvon Street, Anzac Street and Churchill Park area, and an estimated 16 tonnes of solids were removed.