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Upper Hutt Leader : September 14th 2011
30 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 Floods plagued Greytown in the 1940s and 1950s Photo: Wairarapa Archive KAPITI Nigel Wilson T 04 905 0583, 021 284 3339 email@example.com LOWER HUTT Peter Glensor T 04 586 4119, 027 241 5152 firstname.lastname@example.org Sandra Greig T 04 586 0847, 027 640 8681 email@example.com Prue Lamason T045667283,F045662606 021 858 964 firstname.lastname@example.org PORIRUA-TAWA Jenny Brash T 04 233 8217, 027 354 4233 email@example.com Barbara Donaldson T/F 04 237 0773, 021 976 747 firstname.lastname@example.org UPPER HUTT Paul Swain T 04 528 7830, 021 270 9113 email@example.com WAIRARAPA Gary McPhee 027 457 5363 firstname.lastname@example.org WELLINGTON Judith Aitken T 04 475 8969, 027 769 6424 email@example.com Paul Bruce T/F 04 972 8699, 021 027 19370 firstname.lastname@example.org Chris Laidlaw T049343143,F049343148 027 425 4668 email@example.com Daran Ponter T 04 475 9959, 027 454 0689 firstname.lastname@example.org Fran Wilde, Chair T048304246,F043845023 021 888 075 email@example.com Contact your Regional Councillor Water supply to reservoirs Delivers high-quality treated water to the main reservoirs in each city. Environmental management Ensures the region's natural resources are used appropriately. Regional parks and forests Maintains a network of regional parks and forests for recreational use. Metlink buses and trains Coordinates and funds the region's Metlink public transport network. Transport planning Develops long-term plans for the region's transport network. Emergency management Coordinates Civil Defence emergency management for the region. Flood protection Helps communities protect themselves from the effects of flooding. Pest control Works with landowners to target pest plants and animals, and eradicate bovine Tb. Harbour safety Looks after navigational safety in Wellington and Porirua harbours, and the region's coastline. Land management Works with landowners to prevent or reduce soil erosion. Regional economic development Promotes the Wellington Regional Strategy -- a sustainable economic growth strategy. What does Greater Wellington do? GW/COM-G-11/134 Matangi update The new Matangi trains began running on the Kapiti Line in August. Prime Minister John Key launched the start of Matangi peak hour services when he visited Paraparaumu and Waikanae stations on 23 August. The new trains will run on the Johnsonville Line early next year. Thirty-six cars -- more than a third of the fleet -- are here. Twenty-six of those are now taking passengers, four are being used for training and the rest are being readied for service. Hutt flood protection to save $$$$$$$ Work has begun on the Boulcott- Hutt stopbank project which, when completed, will see the Lower Hutt CBD and central residential areas benefit from a greatly improved level of protection from flooding The $11.4 million stopbank closes the gap in the Hutt River flood defences between Hathaway Avenue and Fairway Drive. Currently, a major failure at this point could result in approximately $1.6 billion worth of damage to Lower Hutt city's central area. The project is scheduled to finish in September 2014. At the opening ceremony for the project, Greater Wellington's Chair Fran Wilde referred to the commencement of work as "a momentous day for Lower Hutt". The Boulcott-Hutt works are part of Greater Wellington's $80 million upgrade of the Hutt River flood defence system. Combined with future stopbank and river channel works, the upgrade will bring the level of protection in the Hutt CBD and central residential area up to the recommended 1 in 440-year flood standard. For more information, see: www.gw.govt.nz/ boulcott-hutt-project Turning the sod at the launch of the Boulcott- Hutt stopbank project. (l-r) Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Greater Wellington Chair Fran Wilde and Boulcott's Farm Heritage Golf Club President Roger Brennand Community contributes to Wairarapa flood planning Plenty of Greytown and Carterton local knowledge is going into future flood hazard planning for land around the Waiohine and Mangatarere rivers More than 80 people either spoke to Greater Wellington staff at workshops in Greytown over winter or sent submissions about how the flood hazard should be managed. Greater Wellington staff have researched all the risks and potential damage from a 1 in 100-year flood, which would cost more than $50 million. The research shows that development should be avoided in some areas that are high risk, and that people value the river corridor for recreation and cultural opportunities. Staff will continue to work with the community over the coming months to develop options for reducing the flood risk. Find more information, see: www.gw.govt.nz/waiohine-flood-plain-management-plan Real time rolls out The first of the Real Time Information totems on the Golden Mile should have been installed by the time Our Region goes to press. The totem is on Manners Street outside Burger King. More than 50 on-street display screens are up and running around Wellington city and suburbs. Real-time information is expected to be available for Valley Flyer buses within the next month, followed by Newlands and Mana Coach Services towards the end of the year, and trains in 2012. Wairarapa Public Transport Review Thank you to all who took part in Greater Wellington's Wairarapa Public Transport Review. The response to the train survey was fantastic and a lot of interesting feedback has been received. The responses are being evaluated and Greater Wellington Councillors will consider the findings later this year. Keeping waterways safe from stock A new guide will help the Wellington region's farmers manage the impact of livestock on waterways When livestock enter waterways they can cause stream bank erosion, weed growth and soil runoff, making it harder for waterways to support healthy communities of plants, animals and people. The Guide to managing stock access to waterways in the Wellington region outlines options for farmers to reduce the impact of livestock in streams, such as fencing, riparian (stream-side) planting and bridges. Greater Wellington has produced the guide in partnership with Beef and Lamb New Zealand, DairyNZ, the Deer Farmers Association, Federated Farmers and Fonterra. "The guide is a great example of how farmers, industry leaders and regional councils can work together to protect the environment and help keep our rivers healthy and clean," says Greater Wellington Chair Fran Wilde. For a copy of the guide, see: www.gw.govt.nz/stock-guide
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