October 2020: Wellington City Council was presented with a preferred option for a sludge minimisation facility. In reaching the preferred option, Wellington Water considered a range of viable options for the new plant, to be located at either Carey's Gully at the Southern Landfill, or at Moa Point. They then worked with representatives from Wellington City Council, mana whenua, and local and international technical experts to identify a preferred option.
Late 2020: Wellington City Council began actively engaging with the local community about the project.
June 2021: We consulted on the project and the use of the Infrastructure Funding and Finance Act 2020 (IFFA) to finance it through the Long-term Plan process.
April 2022: We again sought ratepayer feedback on the use of the IFFA to finance the development of the new facility.
June 2022: Business case approved.
August 2022: The Council considered options for an IFFA levy proposal to fund the facility, including levy design options, ahead of a potential decision to submit a levy proposal in December.
Mid-August to late-September 2022: Submissions open on the Notice of Requirement for an alteration to Designation 58 (WCC6 under Proposed District Plan) for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new Sludge Minimisation Facility (SMF) at 127 and 141 Stewart Duff Drive.
December 2022: Construction approved.
May 2023: Works begin on site for the construction of the facility.
November 2023: Hillock removed.
November 2023: Piling works began.
November 2023: The Outline Plan of works approved with no requests for change.
Mid-2024: Commencement of levy payments via rates bills as a separate line item.
Mid-2026: Expected completion date.
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