Moves are underway to develop a Lake Taupo Foreshore Risk Management Strategy on erosion and flooding hazards around the lake.
The proposed strategy is being jointly funded by Taupo District Council and Environment Waikato with contributions from Mighty River Power.
The key objectives of the strategy are to:
- identify and assess the flooding and erosion hazards and risks around the Lake Taupo foreshore and incorporate them within hazard management plans
- clarify roles and responsibilities between key agencies (including Taupo District Council, Environment Waikato, and the Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board)
- outline options/work programmes for addressing issues. (Provisions to deal with recommendations that arise from the studies, will be included in Taupo District Council’s District Plan and Environment Waikato’s Regional Plan.)
The strategy will also incorporate an updated High Flow Management Plan that identifies operating principles and risk management processes for the Waikato Hydro System – particularly Lake Taupo.
Work is already underway on development of separate erosion and flood hazard strategies. Both the documents are due for completion later this year and will be key components in developing the overall strategy.
A Governance Group comprising representatives from Taupo District Council (TDC), Environment Waikato (EW) and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board has been formed to provide high level advice and overall leadership and direction for the project. A Project Control Group that will oversee development of the strategy is made up of representatives from TDC, EW, Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board and Mighty River Power.
Governance Group chairman Laurie Burdett said an overarching strategy that took account of existing initiatives and new information about the causes was needed to guide planning decisions. The strategy was particularly important given the continuing pressure for development around the lake and the need to protect existing infrastructure.
“A co-operative collective approach involving all relevant agencies will help ensure that erosion and flooding issues – once identified – can be dealt with in a comprehensive, systematic, cost efficient and fair manner,” she said.
A draft strategy that includes recommended options and a funding policy is due for completion by April 2007. The estimated cost of around $500,000 to develop the strategy is being shared between Taupo District Council and Environment Waikato, with contributions from Mighty River Power.
For further information go to www.ew.govt.nz or www.taupo.govt.nz . Anyone wishing to be included on a mailing list to receive information as it is updated should register interest - name address and email details – with Customer Services, Taupo District Council Ph: 07 3760899 or write to Private Bag 2005, Taupo.