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Community backs Jim Cooke Park stopbank changes

Community backs Jim Cooke Park stopbank changes

The Waikanae community has backed the reconstruction of the Jim Cooke Park stopbank following extensive consultation on its realignment and environmental impact.

Sixty people attended the flood management open day and 32 submissions were received, with 30 in favour of a standard stopbank and just two seeing no case for one.

GWRC flood management staff also met the owners of 15 properties most directly affected to explain the proposals and hear their feedback.

The Friends of the Waikanae River group supports the proposal subject to minimising damage to treesand compensatory planting where removal is necessary.

Some home owners beside the stopbank expressed concern about loss of trees on their boundaries and the possible impacts, protection from wind and local ecology. GWRC officers will meet with adjacent land owners to discuss options to address these issues.

A newsletter explaining our revised proposal will be available at stopbank-reconstruction in early December.