Buller District Council

Three Waters Reform Programme Investment Package

4th August, 2020

On 8 July, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Local Government announced a three-year programme for reforming three waters service delivery arrangements, to be delivered in parallel with an economic stimulus package of Crown investment.

Specifically, the Government committed to investing up to $702 million in an investment package to support local government to maintain planned investment and asset quality. This package is intended to kick-start much needed work to bring our drinking, waste and storm water infrastructure up to scratch. This investment package represents the government’s response to Three Waters-related shovel ready applications.

Today the Minister of Local Government, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, announced the allocations of this fund.

The design of the investment package recognises that COVID-19 has put additional pressure on local government, and that the financial pressures councils are under may result in reductions to planned maintenance and renewal of infrastructure precisely when the economy needs a boost to protect and create local jobs.

The package recognises that local authorities are best placed to direct this investment to where it is most needed, provided it is used to maintain, increase and/or accelerate investment in core water infrastructure renewals and maintenance. The Government is also looking to use this opportunity to accelerate progress on reform of water services delivery.

The joint central-local government Three Waters Steering Committee has worked together on the design of the process for accessing funding and endorses the Memorandum of Understanding, Funding Agreement and Delivery Plan. Further material will be available at: https://www.dia.govt.nz/Three-Waters-Reform-Programme.


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