Te Marua golf’s river rocks on the job

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - COLIN WIL­LIAMS

New flood pro­tec­tion mea­sures at the Te Marua Golf Club have had the tough­est of tests al­ready – and passed with fly­ing colours.

Three river groynes, made by lay­er­ing 500 kilo­gram gran­ite rocks, were put to an early chal­lenge in Up­per Hutt’s freak heavy rain­storm on Jan­uary 30.

‘‘That was amaz­ing and it could have been dis­as­trous for us but they worked re­ally well in head­ing the wa­ter away from the bank,’’ Te Marua club cap­tain Chris Brooks said.

The club’s $90,000 con­struc­tion on the Hutt River, along­side its num­ber one fair­way, were com­pleted on Mon­day.

The groynes, reach­ing out sev­eral me­tres to deep wa­ter, pro­tect an erod­ing river­bank which has ex­posed the roots of sev­eral 100-year old to­tara trees.

‘‘These trees amount to a very real risk for us. If they fell into the river [in a flood] the wa­ter would back up there and flood our whole course.’’

The club’s 40-hectare grounds on State High­way 2 are north of Birchville, the subur­ban bound­ary of the Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s flood pro­tec­tion zone.

With half a dozen fair­ways along­side the Hutt River, liv­ing with the wa­ter­way had al­ways been a chal­lenge, Brooks said.

Tree plant­ing will fin­ish the new work which it is hoped is only the first stage in pro­tect­ing the club’s long-term fu­ture.

It has been a long time com­ing with de­tailed plan­ning and re­source con­sents re­quired as well as money.

That came from a num­ber of sources in­clud­ing mem­bers of the 86-year-old club, Brooks said.

While this has been on the rise with 40 new golfers ar­riv­ing in the last year, sig­nif­i­cant ex­ter­nal fund­ing was al­ways needed.

Con­tri­bu­tions from a re­gional coun­cil ‘‘iso­lated works fund’’ and the Up­per Hutt City Coun­cil were big fac­tors in the plan be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

Grants were also re­ceived from the Pelorus Trust, the Up­per Hutt Cos­mopoli­tan Club and the Rimu­taka Li­cens­ing Trust.

COLIN WIL­LIAMS/ FAIRFAX NZ

Te Marua club cap­tain Chris Brooks, at the river pro­tec­tion work.

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