Taringamotu river scheme uncertain
The future of the Taringamotu and Ohakune flood mitigation schemes will be part of the Horizons Long Term Plan consultation next year.
Ruapehu’s Horizons councillor Bruce Rollinson and group manager of river management Ramon Strong provided an update to Ruapehu councillors recently.
Strong said the future of the Taringamotu Scheme was looking uncertain.
Based on feedback from the 2016 Scheme AGM and Annual Plan submissions Horizons resolved to not rate for the Scheme for 2017-18 and to consult on winding it up as part of next year’s LTP.
Horizons has concerns that if the scheme is wound up over the next ten years or the gains from the investments made so far could be lost.
‘‘It has been suggested going forward, Horizons might provide the overall management of the Scheme while local farmers and landowners do the actual work.’’
‘‘Unfortunately this is hugely problematic not just in maintaining connectivity and ensuring the work gets done but in meeting such things as health and safety requirements.
At the request of the affected community, Strong said the original seven year proposed work programme was modified into two work stages.
Stage one saw a lot of good progress made with the removal of willows and other vegetation along the riverbanks that had been impeding the river’s flow during flood events.
The planned stage two would see the removal of the remaining willows along with unstable vegetation on the riverbanks and some gravel management.
Strong said the Ohakune Scheme was identified as a priority in 2014 following the flood event in October 2013.
The current Scheme proposal includes a series of stop banks, flood walls, vegetation clearance including the building of a floodway channel and a wetland retention area within the Ohakune flood plain area.
Community consultation is due to start in July and public feedback is an important part of refining the plan,’’ he said.
Households will receive a mailbox flyer summarising what is proposed with a public meeting and workshops with special interest groups.
Flooding affected residents in Mangawhero Tce, Ohakune in October 2013.