Part B: Our work in detail

2 Environment
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This strategic area includes services such as water supply, waste reduction and disposal, wastewater and stormwater. Environment services are the Council’s biggest area of activity and funding. In addition, we fund conservation attractions such as Zealandia and Wellington Zoo, and manage open spaces such as the Town Belt, Outer Green Belt, and the city’s beaches and coastline.

We fund these services because they:

Environment
Environment Icon Capital spend
2017/18
Operating spend
2017/18
How operating
costs are funded
Rates value
per $100

45.5

$ million

164.3

$ million

Bar graph showing $17.5m Other and $143.1m rates Pie graph showing $42.2

Key objectives, activities and focus for 2016–19

Environment graph showing objectives

New for 2017/18 and key projectsTop

    2017/18 cost
New for 2017/18:
  • Electric vehicle (EV) and car share car parks: To promote and encourage the use of electric and shared vehicles, the Council has agreed to assign or develop 100 car parks for use by EVs or shared vehicles – 30 in the CBD and 70 in the suburbs. In 2017/18 we have allocated 37 car parks across the city for EV charging and car share schemes.
  $100k capital funding and a maximum of $150k of lost revenue from parking fees
  • Predator Free Wellington: The Predator Free Wellington project is designed to eradicate possums, rats and mustelids from Wellington City to a point where our native species can survive and populations can expand. As part of this project, we have appointed a Director to oversee the eradication of rats and stoats from the Miramar Peninsula. This will be followed by the development of a strategy that will extend the project across Wellington.
  Additional $125k
  • Improved Lyall Bay resilience: In 2016/17, Stage 1 work was undertaken to restore and strengthen the south coast after damage caused in recent years by a succession of high-intensity storm surges. In 2017/18 we will be ready to commence Stage 2 work, which includes sand dune planting and protection, and extensions to stormwater outfalls. Car parking at Surfers’ Corner is also being redesigned.
  Capital of $976k for Stage 2
Other key projects being advanced in 2017/18 include:
  • Prince of Wales/Omāroro Reservoir: In 2017/18 Wellington Water will continue community engagement and planning for a new 35,000m³ concrete reservoir in Prince of Wales Park on the Town Belt. The reservoir will improve the resilience of the city’s water supply and provide more emergency water storage for 70,000 residents in the CBD, Thorndon, Mt Cook, Hataitai, Kilbirnie, Miramar, Strathmore, Seatoun and Newtown area, including Wellington Hospital. Construction of the reservoir will commence subject to obtaining all approvals and consents required.
  Initial capital funding of $2m in 2017/18 and remaining funding to be finalised as part of 2018 Long-term Plan

How we measure our performanceTop

Objectives What we measure Activities
  • Security of supply
  • Waste reduction
  • Access to green open spaces
  • Biodiversity
  • Emission reduction
The quality of the open spaces we provide (two measures with targets) 2.1.1 Local parks and open spaces
2.1.2 Botanic gardens
2.1.3 Beaches and coast operations
2.1.4 Roads open spaces
2.1.5 Town belts
2.1.6 Community environmental initiatives
2.1.7 Walkways
2.1.8 Biodiversity (pest management)
2.1.9 Waterfront public space
The quality of street cleaning services (two measures with targets)
The quality and quantity of work we undertake to protect biodiversity (three measures with targets)
The quality of waste reduction and recycling services (three measures with targets) 2.2.1 Waste minimisation, disposal and recycling management
2.2.2 Closed landfills aftercare
2.2.3 Energy efficiency and conservation
The quality of our waste disposal services (three measures with targets) 2.3.1 Water network
2.3.2 Water collection and treatment
The quantity of the Council’s energy consumption and emissions (two measures with targets)
The quality of water supplied to residents and the services that ensure security of supply (eight measures with targets)
The quality and timeliness of the wastewater service (five measures with targets) 2.4.1 Sewage collection and disposal network
2.4.2 Sewage treatment
The impact of wastewater on the environment (one measure with target)
The quality and timeliness of the stormwater service (four measures with targets) 2.5.1 Stormwater management
The impact of stormwater on the environment (five measures with targets) 2.6.1 Conservation visitor attractions
The success of our investments in conservation attractions (two measures with targets)

For details of individual performance measures and targets for each activity see the appendices.

Activity budgets (cost of service statements)Top

2.1 GARDENS, BEACHES AND GREEN OPEN SPACES 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.1.1 - Local parks and open spaces 8,791 9,650
2.1.2 - Botanical gardens 4,724 5,118
2.1.3 - Beaches and coast operations 1,283 1,128
2.1.4 - Roads open spaces 8,712 8,949
2.1.5 - Town belts 4,722 4,878
2.1.6 - Community environmental initiatives 757 665
2.1.7 - Walkways 604 662
2.1.8 - Biodiversity (Pest management) 1,824 2,131
2.1.9 - Waterfront Public Space 4,856 5,481
Total capital expenditure 36,273 38,664
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.1.1 - Local parks and open spaces 705 1,033
2.1.2 - Botanical gardens 530 677
2.1.3 - Beaches and coast operations 1,176 1,155
2.1.4 - Roads open spaces - -
2.1.5 - Town belts 248 228
2.1.6 - Community environmental initiatives - -
2.1.7 - Walkways 1,014 1,044
2.1.8 - Biodiversity (Pest management) - -
2.1.9 - Waterfront Public Space - -
Total capital expenditure 3,672 4,137
2.2 WASTE REDUCTION AND ENERGY CONSERVATION 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.2.1 - Waste minimisation, disposal and recycling management 13,268 14,042
2.2.2 - Closed landfills aftercare 414 319
2.2.3 - Energy efficiency and conservation 416 253
Total operating expenditure 14,098 14,614
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.2.1 - Waste minimisation, disposal and recycling management 673 2,071
2.2.2 - Closed landfills aftercare - -
2.2.3 - Energy efficiency and conservation 65 -
Total capital expenditure 738 2,071

2.3 WATER 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.3.1 - Water network 24,358 25,352
2.3.2 - Water collection and treatment 15,934 16,396
Total operating expenditure 40,291 41,748
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.3.1 - Water network 14,915 15,530
2.3.2 - Water collection and treatment - -
Total capital expenditure 14,915 15,530
2.4 Wastewater 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.4.1 - Sewage collection and disposal network 20,058 21,269
2.4.2 - Sewage treatment 23,540 22,917
Total operating expenditure 43,598 44,186
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.4.1 - Sewage collection and disposal network 11,236 15,492
2.4.2 - Sewage treatment - -
Total capital expenditure 11,236 15,492
2.5 Stormwater 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.5.1 - Stormwater management 18,147 18,127
Total operating expenditure 18,147 18,127
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.5.1 - Stormwater management 7,020 7,420
Total capital expenditure 7,020 7,420
2.6 Conservation attractions 2016/17
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
2017/18
AP
GROSS EXPENDITURE
Operating expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.6.1 - Conservation visitor attractions 6,989 6,970
Total operating expenditure 6,989 6,970
     
Capital expenditure ($000) ($000)
2.6.1 - Conservation visitor attractions 817 841
Total capital expenditure 817 841