Waitaki Herald : January 21st 2015
Wednesday January 21, 2015 HERALD WAITAKI CUTTING FUNERAL COSTS PAGE 7 financial support from the community. The street, formerly the main access route to the seaside town south of Oamaru, has been closed for several months due to land subsidence. An alternative route via Tenby St is currently being used. Many Moeraki residents have voiced their frustrations to the Waitaki District Council about Haven St’s closure and in the past have demanded swifter action be taken to get the road reopened. The council’s initial plans were to establish a single-lane shingle road with minimal drainage, which had an estimated cost of $100,000. However, thanks to pledges of financial support, equipment and a volunteer to act as an on-site project manager, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said the budget for the project may increase to around $200,000. ‘‘Haven St in Moeraki had a catastrophic failure in 2013 when a significant portion subsided, and it has taken a long time to get everything lined up to even consider rebuilding it. In the interim, locals, visitors and businesses have all been affected by the loss of the road. But progress has been made, thanks to very generous offers by the local community, excellent support from our roading team and a lot of goodwill from our councillors and community board members.’’ He said the first stage of work on Haven St will commence in February. ‘‘Initial work will be on drainage; an excavation down to the Road repairs near W By DANIEL BIRCHFIELD firstname.lastname@example.org ork to rebuild Haven St at Moeraki is set to start next month, thanks to Progress: Drainage work on Haven St will start next month. hard clay if possible with drainage pipe and/or rock placed to dewater as much of the site as possible. There’s still more work to be done before we know for certain that it will happen, but I’m confident that we have a very good chance with this approach. ‘‘We should be able to complete the project with much more significant drainage works, which will increase the longevity of any work.’’ The project will be overseen by an engineer in the council’s roading department, who will come up with a design plan and health and safety plan. The council was unable to secure a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) subsidy for the project, which would have covered 55 per cent of the costs. Kircher said questions had been asked as to why contributions from the community were required. FREE TINTING - On all Accent & Dulu BUY 2 FOR $20 $11.90 each Selleys Permafilla Ready Mixed Filler Available from Wednesday January 21st till Tuesday 27th January 2015. While stocks last. Multi-purpose. Interior/exterior. Fast drying. Easy to sand. 450g. $125 $82.50 each Aquamax Linseed Oil Based Timber Stain Black coal ONLY. 10 litre. 189042 OAMARU FREE TINTING - On all A ent & Dulux Pax P intint BUY 2 FOR Cnr Cross & Severn Streets Cnr Cross & Severn Streets, Oamaru , Oamaru Phone 03 434 9860 Phone 03 434 9860 Photo: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD/FAIRFAX NZ ‘‘The answer is that because an alternate route has been provided with work done on Tenby St, getting the usual NZTA funding to reinstate Haven St was not possible. And it is not good financial management to fully fund the work through rates money alone,’’ said Kircher.
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