Continued liaison between the Strath Taieri Community Board
and the Otago Regional Council is planned as they seek to
find solutions to erosion of the Taieri River's banks.
Representatives of the board met council chief executive
Peter Bodeker, engineering, hazards and science director
Gavin Palmer and engineering manager Ramon Strong recently
and visited sites of concern along the river.
Board member Barry Williams said the meeting was pretty
positive and the council was going to come back to them with
further information, especially on the proposal for a
community project to remove gravel from the river.
''We hope it'll be a win-win situation.''
Dr Palmer said the main topic of conversation was the methods
available to farmers to control river bank erosion and what
could be done without a resource consent.
''There are some things landholders can do which are a
Gravel extraction was one tool farmers could use but there
were also other tools such as planting willow trees, he said.
''It came back to what degree gravel extraction can be
The aim was to provide information to landholders so they
would make the ''right decisions for the right reasons'', Dr