Waitara Flood Protection Project in Place

Waitara is more secure following the Taranaki Regional Council’s $3.4 million investment to increase the town’s flood protection.

The three-year upgrade, finished on time and within budget, is designed to withstand the high and fast-moving flows of a one-in-100-year Waitara River flood, up from the old safeguard that only provided a one-in-30-year protection, according to TRC.

As well as upgrading flood defenses, the amenities along the river front have been greatly enhanced.

The Waitara flood protection project included:

  • Raising the protection structures by up to 1.5 meters along the length of the scheme;
  • Upgrading 3.5 kilometers of stopbanks;
  • Construction of 450 meters of reinforced concrete flood wall;
  • Construction of 800 meters of gabion basket flood wall (wire cages filled with rocks and sprayed with concrete);
  • Two kilometers of walkway beside the river from Toohill Park down to Marine Park;
  • Landscaping of walkways and stopbanks.

The $3.4 million upgrade was financed by existing Council funds. These funds will be repaid over the next 30 years (to reflect the long-term benefit of the assets) by ratepayers in the New Plymouth and North Taranaki constituencies through a targeted rate. The rate will also fund ongoing maintenance of the scheme.

Key parties, including Methanex NZ, ANZCO and New Plymouth District Council, have also made significant investment.

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Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

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