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Published: 2016-05-02 00:00:00

New works to bolster Turangi’s flood protection scheme have been completed very successfully, ahead of schedule and under budget.

The work, carried out by contractor Precision Earthworks Ltd, involved the placement of new rock material to maintain protection for a key stopbank adjoining the Tongariro River at the end of Te Herekiekie St. Rock material carted to the site was placed along the stopbank by an excavator.

Waikato Regional Council’s Taupo office reports the stopbank protection is now fully rehabilitated and that the contractor has done an excellent job.

Good weather meant progress was swift and the work ended up costing less than expected. Final savings are currently being calculated.

The work was the final stage of a three-year, $400,000 maintenance programme to improve the Turangi flood protection scheme.

The council’s Taupo constituency councillor Kathy White said it was great to see the new stopbank protection in place.

“The council’s team and contractor have done well to complete this under budget and ahead of schedule. The new erosion protection will support the long term integrity of the town’s flood protection scheme and the investment made in protecting Turangi from flooding.”