The Latest

Here is the latest news about the Waimea Community Dam project
  • TDC advises early dam pricing indications pose challenges.
  • TDC has announced it will lodge a Local Bill with Parliament to secure access to Department of Conservation land needed for the Dam.
  • TDC signs off LTP, says yes to water for 100 years.
  • Nelson MP Nick Smith commends Local Bill.
  • Tasman District Council approved the drafting of a Local Bill to secure access to DOC land needed for the dam reservoir.
  • Nelson City Council approved a $5 million contribution to the Waimea Community Dam as part of the long-term plan.
  • Waimea Irrigators Ltd (WIL) achieved a commitment from Waimea Plains landowners for purchasing more than 3,000 shares in the dam.
  • Central Government re-confirmed its contribution to the dam through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited.
  • Tasman District Council and WIL are nearing the end of the Early Contractor Involvement process that will result in a robust cost estimate for the dam.
TDC advises early dam pricing indications pose challenges

The Waimea Water Project Office is in the final stages of the pricing process for the proposed Waimea Community Dam. Early indications are there will be significant challenges to remain within the estimated cost. The next step is to examine the figures from the contractor and the independent estimator. All of the partners have been extremely clear that the project must be affordable. The Dam is the preferred option and the least expensive to address the threats of critical water shortages, particularly given the significant contribution from Tasman District Council, Waimea Irrigators and the Government. Read the full news story.

TDC has announced it will lodge a Local Bill with Parliament to secure access to Department of Conservation land needed for the Dam

The Tasman District Council has announced it will lodge a Local Bill with Parliament to secure access to Department of Conservation land needed for the Waimea Community Dam. The bill seeks to gain an inundation easement over 9.6 hectares of Conservation land in the Mount Richmond State Forest Park. The easement would give the Council or a Council-Controlled Organisation the ability to create the reservoir needed for the dam. The Bill also secures a right to construct the dam on Crown riverbed. Find out more.

TDC signs off LTP, says yes to water for 100 years

Tasman District Council continued its commitment to fund the construction of the Waimea Community Dam by approving its Long Term Plan 2018/28. Read the media release.

Nelson MP Nick Smith commends Local Bill

Nelson MP Nick Smith commends the Tasman District Council for considering a Local Bill to resolve the issue of access to DOC land for the Waimea Community Dam. He says he will do everything possible to ensure its passage through Parliament. The Crown land that would be inundated by the Dam has little current recreational use and the environmental gains of the project far outweigh the loss. The 9.6ha amounts to just 0.006% of the vast Mt Richmond Forest Park of 166,000 ha. Read more on our News page.

Council to seek Local Bill for land access

Nearly 10 hectares of Crown conservation land in the Mount Richmond Forest Park that is administered by the Department of Conservation is the subject of a forthcoming Local Bill that will enable the Waimea Community Dam to be built. DOC has advised the Council the previously-agreed method for transferring ownership of this land through the Public Works Act is no longer available, so a Local Bill is now likely to be the best option for securing the land. Found out more on our News page.

Nelson allocates funding for Dam project

Nelson City Council has agreed to allocate $5 million to the Waimea Community Dam project in Year 3 of its 2018-28 Long Term Plan. This grant is conditional on agreement by Tasman District Council for the continuation of Nelson’s ongoing rights to access 22,000m3/day of water from the Waimea Aquifer and the opportunity for the grant to be transferred to a shareholding in the Dam Company.

Irrigators make funding commitment

In the initial public offering of Waimea Irrigators Limited, Waimea Plains landowners applied for more than 3,000 water shares – raising $16.5 million of equity. This commitment has given the Waimea Community Dam even more certainty, allowing WIL to access low-cost debt funding through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), which makes their total contribution to the project $38.6 million. Shortly after this milestone, in April 2018 the Government confirmed its funding commitment through CIIL to the Dam Project. Find out more on the WIL website.

Early Contractor Involvement set to conclude

In December 2017, Tasman District Council and WIL selected a preferred contractor – Fulton Hogan and Taylors Contracting – to enter the Early Contractor Involvement process. Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) brings the client, designer and contractor together to complete the final design with a focus on constructability and risk minimisation, to achieve the best value for money for the investment. The process is scheduled to come to a conclusion in July 2018. Find out more here. 

Next steps for the Dam

There are several remaining steps in the process before the Waimea Community Dam project can proceed. Both Tasman District and Nelson City Councils need to finalise their long term plans by the end of June, which include proposed funding for the Dam. Also, the Early Contractor Involvement process needs to determine an updated and final project estimate by around the middle of the year.