Reconstruction work on the next section of the West Taieri
contour channel will take place this summer.
The Otago Regional Council has obtained resource consents
from itself and the Dunedin City Council for the next six
stages of the floodbank reconstruction.
The 14km-long West Taieri contour channel was built in the
early 1900s using horses and carts, a method which, while
appropriate for the time, had ramifications during subsequent
Council environmental engineering and natural hazards
director Gavin Palmer said the floodbank ran along the
northwest boundary of the West Taieri drainage scheme and
intercepted the creeks and streams along the southeast face
of the Maungatua Range, diverting water away from the
drainage scheme into the Waipori River.
From 2008 to 2012, about 3km of floodbank was rebuilt in four
stages up to Otokia Rd.
The next six stages would advance reconstruction a further
3.4km to Miller Rd. Work is due for completion in 2024.