Buller District Council

Regional collaborative approach to roading projects

15th December, 2020

At its meeting tomorrow council will consider a report that recommends a business case for a transport programme to be included into council’s Long Term Plan (LTP). This investment proposal has been submitted to Waka Kotahi NZTA for inclusion in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP).

The National Land Transport Fund is the key source of funding for local roads. From 1 July 2021, Waka Kotahi NZTA will provide 72% of funding for Buller under the financial assistance rate scheme, an increase of 66% from the current rate.

The case for investment has been developed in regional collaboration with Grey and Westland District Councils and Waka Kotahi NZTA to improve efficiency and value for money. The report presents the strategic context for investment, identifies issues and opportunities, and recommends a funding programme for three years.

Council’s manager infrastructure delivery Eric de Boer says stakeholder engagement, community survey, council staff input, and detailed investigation and assessment of council transport assets identified a need for increased investment to reverse a trend of historic under-investment in some activities that has led to poor performance and asset condition. These include addressing a backlog of urgent maintenance and renewals across the network.

“We’re aiming to replace and improve key bridge infrastructure that is assessed as being in poor condition. And increase the capability and capacity of the council’s roading and asset management staff to strategically plan and deliver effective transport outcomes into the future” Mr de Boer says.

The report states that preserving assets is the recommended programme.

“This option is highly aligned with the views and priorities expressed by stakeholders and the community and is informed by robust evidence collected through detailed investigations and the condition assessment of assets.”

Following review of the draft business case and selection of the preferred option, the final submission was made to Waka Kotahi NZTA last week for assessment, completing a significant, collaborative assignment over the past two years.

To move forward the report requires council support for inclusion in its next LTP (22021 – 2024) and endorsement by Waka Kotahi NZTA for inclusion into the 2021-24 NLTP.


For more information please contact:

Eric de Boer



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