The National Environment Service has advised Cook Islands Investment Corporation that following the Environmental Impact Assessment process, the Avarua Wharf Wastewater Improvement project has been given a permit and the go ahead.
The project site, next to the Vaikapuangi Stream, is the raised coastal protected “green space park” across from the Margarita’s Bistro and Bar (old Banana court) in town.
The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) was published by NES for public consultation on 8 November for 30 days and closed on Monday 5 December.
One submission was received, and many of the recommendations in the submission had been captured or featured in the project plan.
CIIC general manager, asset management, Vasie Ngatoko-Poila says it is anticipated that work will recommence on Monday 19 December for approximately three weeks, subject to weather conditions.
Public toilets at Avarua Wharf/Raro Fried Chicken remain closed until further notice and until the project is completed early in the new year.
Avarua Wharf, a popular local landmark, is a hive for a range of activities, Ngatoko-Poila says.
“This sanitation upgrade project provides improved public access to modern and environmentally-friendly public facilities and makes our community more resilient to extreme weather events associated with climate change.”
CIIC would like to thank members of the public for their continued cooperation and those key stakeholders involved in the project to date.