Waimea Dam assessment ought to solely go forward as soon as undertaking’s completed, mayor says

2021-04-03 09:34:18

Tasman’s mayor says a assessment into the over-budget Waimea Dam, southeast of Nelson, shouldn’t begin till the undertaking’s accomplished.

Work begins on Waimea Dam.

The Waimea Dam is now below building.
Photograph: RNZ / Tracy Neal

Initially estimated to price $76 million, the price ticket rose to $105m when the council accredited the undertaking in 2018.

Now below building, Waimea Water is forecasting it to price $158m.

The multimillion-dollar dam was first proposed in 2003 and its building began in 2019, after years of rising controversy over its deserves.

On Thursday, protesters referred to as for an inquiry into the rising invoice, however mayor Tim King stated it’s too late to halt the undertaking.

“My private view might be if there’s going to be a assessment into the undertaking, the time to try this is as soon as it is full and the place it ended up and you’ll take a look at the entire course of not a part of it.

“I assume it stays to be seen what the council’s choice is and [if] they need to do a assessment and in the event that they do when.”

He stated independently reviewing the undertaking after completion, will present a greater understanding of what has gone improper.

“We’re dedicated to constructing the dam, there’s actually no alternative to cease constructing it midway by means of and so the problem is figuring out get it accomplished, who’s going to pay for it and who’s going to pay the price of completion.”

The latest price will increase have been blamed on Covid-related prices and related delays.

When completed, the Waimea Dam shall be 53 metres excessive and maintain 13 billion litres of water – that is greater than the contents of 5000 Olympic swimming swimming pools.

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