• Patrick McBride


Grey District Council has been developing their 2021-2031 Long Term Plan for the area, which sets out what Council intends to spend money on and when over the next ten years.

Previously Council has traded infrastructure renewals for low rate rises and this has created a significant backlog of overdue replacements.

In recent years there have been occasions where reserve funds were used to keep rates rises down; this created a short term positive benefit, however, also created a higher rates burden in following years.

Council will be considering the long-term plan consultation document on 14 April 2021 which if approved will go out to the public for submissions the following day. The Council is holding drop in information sessions around the District – public are welcome to attend any of these sessions and talk to Councillors and staff about the long term plan and provide feedback.

Grey Council said their focus over the next ten years is to improve the infrastructure, decrease debt, increase reserves and prepare for the future.

Four key issues within the consultation document are.....

Extend kerbside collection to wider district

Do they extend the kerbside collection service of two bins (refuse and recycling) to the remainder of the Grey District, except for Moana and Te Kinga or leave it as the status quo, where the outer areas continue to use bags and ties?

New Library

Council are proposing to build a new, modern, purpose built library on freehold land in Greymouth with meeting rooms and more space for the community to gather. This project is planned to start from year 5.

Delivery of Spring Creek Pool service

The Spring Creek Pool is only open during the summer period and usage is generally low. Council is proposing a number of options to consider for major changes to providing this service.

Runanga Service Centre delivery

With changes in services provided and decline in custom, Council is proposing major changes in the provision of services for the Runanga Service Centre.

The Consultation document contains a full list of the options to consider.

The overall average rate rise for next year is proposed to be 9.99%, however, within the consultation document you can see examples of how your property will be affected.

Copies of the consultation document can be collected from the Grey District Council, Westland Recreation Centre, Grey District Library and the Runanga Service Centre from 15 April.

Submissions close at 5pm on 17 May 2021.