Work is planned to deal with active river bank erosion near the State Highway bridge on the Tauranga Taupo River.
Environment Waikato’s Operations Committee has recommended that another $180,000 be spent on dealing with erosion on both banks of the river upstream of the SH1 bridge following a request from the Upper Waikato River and Catchment Liaison Scheme Subcommittee.
Bank erosion has accelerated after recent floods, and a stopbank is to be built along with rock and rip-rap protection. The subcommittee says this work was not budgeted for in the earlier scheme.
DoC and Transit both had an interest in seeing the matter resolved and discussions were underway with these agencies, DoC as a landowner and Transit in managing the bridge.
Cr Jenni Vernon said the Chairman should write directly to the Ministers concerned because the community was bearing huge costs.
“There is clearly an issue to be addressed by Transit which they have put off for 50 years and they are not doing their bit. They need to get their act together.”