$42,000 sought for slip work

Spending more than $42,000 on land stability measures at Moeraki has been proposed by the Waihemo Community Board.

The measures were identified by the working group recently set up to find remedies for regular slips in the seaside township.

The main access route to Moeraki Harbour, Haven St east of Davids St, was unusable and remained closed, Waitaki District Council assets group manager Neil Jorgensen said in his report to the board's meeting this week.

All traffic was required to detour via Tenby St to reach the harbour. Mr Jorgensen said the eastern culvert on Haven St had been ''bent down'' by the force of the slip.

The head of the landslip was in Davids St while the toe was on the Miller reserve below Haven St. Initial investigations considered shifting

Haven St closer to the ''scarp face'' and using substantial subsoil drainage to dewater the area, Mr Jorgensen said. However, the nature of the earth on the hillside and the difference in levels meant this area could not be considered stable. Further remedial work was

''high risk'' and the cost of further failures considered. However, the work was under way, Mr Jorgensen said.

The board recommended to the Waitaki District Council $42,500 be allocated for five Moeraki projects: up to $5000 from the Moeraki amenity rate to fix ponding issues near lower Tenby St; up to $5000 to intercept the spring above the unformed part of Cardiff St; up to $7500 from the Moeraki amenity rate to improve stormwater drainage in Milford St; and up to $25,000 to improve Haverford St as an alternative route to Moeraki Harbour.


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