Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Big machinery moves in

Big machinery moves in

An important phase in the proposed project to divert the Manawatu River and stabilise Anzac Cliffs is expected to begin next week.

Horizons group manager operations Allan Cook says heavy machinery will be set up on the gravel beach opposite the cliffs to improve the foundation of the river bed, before realignment of the channel and re-contouring of a section of the cliffs.

“The initial work will involve drilling 800mm diameter holes in the river bed and replacing the weaker sandy gravel material with compacted graded ‘stone columns’ of greater strength. This will support the earth buttress which will be constructed against the cliff,” said Mr Cook.

“The columns will extend up to six metres below water level. Subject to achieving the desired improvement, we expect to build approximately 200 columns at this stage and work could take up to three weeks to complete.”

The more substantial channel realignment and associated earthworks, that will reduce the slope of and stabilise the cliff face, are scheduled to commence later in the year. Further foundation improvement work will be required as part of those works once the river has been diverted out of its present low-flow channel.

Mr Cook says the overall project is one of collaboration between Horizons, Palmerston North City Council and P M B Landco, who own land at the top of the cliffs.

“All parties have an interest in seeing this project completed and have been working together through the design and planning stages for some years now,” says Mr Cook.

“The key drivers for the project are the need to protect the integrity of the City’s stopbanks opposite the cliffs; to mitigate the risk to public safety as a consequence of cliff collapse; and to prevent the river encroaching on existing community infrastructure and residentially zoned land in the Vaucluse Heights area.

“Other benefits include the opportunity for a walkway between Fitzherbert Bridge and Vaucluse Heights, and an end to an estimated 20,000 cubic metres of sediment currently discharged into the river from cliff erosion each year.”

For safety reasons, the works site will be closed to public access. However, there will be minimal disruption to use of the shared pathway along the affected section of river, between Albert Street and Fitzherbert Avenue.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news