29 June 2019
The Community Reference Group tasked with helping Rotorua Lakes Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council reduce the impact of future storm events in Ngongotahā is progressing.
The Independent Review of the severe weather event on 29 April 2018 resulted in recommendations to both Councils and the aim of the Community Reference Group is to assist our councils on developing mitigation options and methods for community engagement for discussing options to create a safer and more resilient Ngongotaha township.
The group’s monthly meetings include updates from five workstreams –
- Ngongotaha stream maintenance workstream
- RMA Planning and Consenting workstream
- Civil Defence Community Preparedness workstream
- Stream flood capacity modelling and optioneering for possible future design solutions
- Upper Catchment workstream
At the recent meeting, members were updated on the upper catchment flood management options. Opportunities for upper catchment flood mitigation are becoming clearer, and can now potentially be combined with lower catchment mitigation options, for a more cost-effective overall flood management approach.
The civil defence workstream reported back on the recent community outreach day in Ngongotahā on June 16, organised by Red Cross Disaster Welfare Support in conjunction with civil defence staff. Staff visited 272 homes with many residents answering a questionairre about their household’s emergency preparedness. Red Cross Disaster Welfare Support teams from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua took part.
The Reference Group was also worked through one of the twelve potential options for considering how a future large flood event might be managed. The group set the parameters for assessing the remaining options for further discussion at the July meeting.
The members of the Community Reference Group will soon be looking at feeding this information back into the community and seeking feedback from residents. The members of the Reference Group include:
- Heather Brake
- Simon Short
- Sarah Thomson
- Elliot Pollard
- Keith Garratt
- Guy Ngatai
- Joe Edwards
- Te Poari Newton
- Lyall Thurston (Bay of Plenty Regional Councillor)
- Shirley Trumper (Rotorua Lakes Council Rural Community Board member
Meanwhile, a community planting day has been organised for the Pioneer Drainage Reserve on July 2. The planting will take place between 10.30am and 12.30pm with support from Ngongotahā Primary, Ngongotahā Early Learning Centre, Central Kids Kindergarten, Infracore Contracting Limited and the Ngongotahā Bowling Club.