Northland Regional Council's Priority Rivers Flood Risk Project - Community Consultation

Posted 11 years, 7 months ago    1 comment

Residents of some of Northland’s most flood-prone communities are being invited to meet with local authorities to update existing knowledge about - and help find possible solutions to – flooding issues.

The Northland Regional Council will from late June hold a dozen meetings around the region as part of the first round of public consultation for its ‘Priority Rivers Flood Risk Reduction Project’.

Bruce Howse, the Council’s Land/Rivers Senior Programme Manager, says the project has initially identified 27 catchments around Northland as priorities for flood risk planning, all but a few in the Far North District.

“These 27 have been prioritised because of the potential threats the rivers and streams in them pose to lives, buildings, road access, infrastructure and agriculture. We’re proposing to work with affected communities to prioritise and develop tailor-made plans to reduce flood risks over the next several years.”

Mr Howse says one of the first parts of that process will see a series of 12 public meetings held around the region from 29 June to 14 July.

Below is the schedule of public meeting for the initial phase of this project.

He says the Regional Council has already carried out a great deal of work on the project over the past six months, including detailed surveys of the land in the catchments which is being used to help develop computer flood models.

“Initially, we’re keen to work with affected communities and stakeholders to build on what we already know about the size of floods and who they affect. We’ll also be asking the community to tell us about the places and things they’re especially keen to protect in their local area, for instance schools and marae.”

He says the information gathered will enable appropriate flood risk reduction options to be identified, assessed and developed and initial flood risk reduction plans for the affected catchments should be completed by June 2010.

“The various actions suggested in them to reduce flood risks will then be prioritised for implementation after further public consultation.”

Mr Howse says at their simplest, flood risk reduction options could range from changes in local authority planning processes to prevent development which could increase risks in flood-prone areas.

“At the other end of the scale, they could call for physical construction of things like stopbanks and other potentially costly infrastructure.”

He says the question of who will pay for any proposed works will be addressed after consultation later in the process, but typically local communities – who stand to benefit the most – would probably meet the costs.

People wanting to know more about the project can visit the Council’s website www.nrc.govt.nz/priorityrivers, or contact:

Bruce Howse
Land/Rivers Senior Programme Manager
Northland Regional Council
Ph: 0800 002 004
Email: mailroom@nrc.govt.nz

Below is the schedule of public meeting for the initial phase of this project:

Date

Time

Location

Venue

Rivers

MON 29 June

6:00 pm

Whangarei

NRC Council Chambers

Waiarohia-Raumanga, Otaika, Hatea & Whangarei Heads

TUE 30 June

6:00 pm

Ruakaka

Ruakaka Recreation Centre, Takatai Place, Ruakaka

Ruakaka

WED 1 July

6:00 pm

Paihia

Paihia Memorial Hall

Waitangi

THU 2 July

6:00 pm

Kawakawa

Ngati Hine Health Trust, Kawakawa

Kawakawa

FRI 3 July

4:00 pm

Helena Bay

Helena Bay Gallery

Helena Bay

MON 6 July

4:00 pm

Kaikohe

Mid North Motor Inn, 158 Broadway, Kaikohe 0405 (next to RSA)

Waihou, Waima & Punakitere

TUE 7 July

4:00 pm

Opononi

South Hokianga War Memorial Hall, SH 12, Opononi

Awapokonui, Whirinaki & Waimamaku

WED 8 July

1:00 pm

Totara North

Totara North Hall, School Road – opposite Gum Store Bar & Grill, Totara North

Pupuke, Totara North and Taupo Bay

WED 8 July

6:00 pm

Whangaroa

Whangaroa Big Game Fishing Club, 573 Whangaroa Road, Whangaroa Waterfront

Whangaroa Streams (Te Ngaire, Wainui & Mahinepua), Tauranga River & Matangirau

FRI 10 July

1:00 pm

Panguru

Panguru School Gym

Rotokakahi & Pawarenga Streams & Panguru Rivers (Panguru & Lower Waihou)

MON 13 July

6:00 pm

Maungaturoto

Maungaturoto Community Centre, View Street (above Fire Station), Maungaturoto

Wairau (Maungaturoto)

TUE 14 July

6:00 pm

Ngunguru

Ngunguru Memorial Hall, Main Road

Ngunguru


Comments

11 years, 7 months ago
Don't you start to wonder where all the funding has gone, as now they are just starting to do these rivers and waterways. After thirty years of long term plans they have been charging the rates and tax payer for thirty years of funding is lots of money. The council must have it somewhere so no one has to pay for it again.
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