Deputy Mayor Nobby Clark said 2026 is still too long to wait for the Southland Museum redevelopment, and has voted against the Invercargill City Council’s Long-Term Plan.
The ICC has launched its ‘Roadmap to Renewal’ 2021-31 LTP for consultation this week, and is asking the community for feedback.
The consultation document includes the vision for Invercargill and surrounding areas for the next 10 years, including the infrastructure investment plan for the next 30 years.
Key projects include the city centre masterplan, the Southland Museum redevelopment and Rugby Park renewal.
The pyramid building museum has been a contentious issue for many years and was closed in 2018 because of safety concerns.
A $75 million major redevelopment is off the cards because of the expense and time needed to carry out the work, so councillors agreed in December to strengthen and redesign the inside for $52 million.
That work was expected to take just 37 months, but in council’s Long-Term Plan the museum project was set down for 2026 – five years away.
The council has indicated that there would be a 2.5 year lead in to the work being done because of issues such housing the museum collection, and finding a project manager to lead the project.
Nobby said the public has made it clear on more than one occasion that the museum development was a number one priority, ahead of many other community projects.
“The issue now is why it’s not front and centre?”
The $52 million project will involve earthquake strengthening, gutting the interior layout and redesigning the inside.
Nobby said the key was to get people to have their say on the ‘Roadmap to Renewal’ consultation document, and make it clear they wanted the work to start right away.
“We need the community to get involved in the consultation process….they have been very vocal in the past. The council never seems to get their projects done on time anyway.”
Have your say online at icc.govt.nz/roadmaptorenewal/submit
Public hearings will be held in May.
To find out more about ICC’s 2021-31 Long-Term Plan Consultation, Our Roadmap to Renewal, and to make a submission, visit icc.govt.nz/roadmaptorenewal
Also take the opportunity to discuss the Long Term Plan with our city councillors at these events icc.govt.nz/roadmaptorenewal/events