Tararua River Management Scheme's First Community Group Meeting
The first community group meeting for representatives of the Tararua River Management Scheme was held at Horizons’ Woodville office in June.
The meeting was chaired by Horizons councillor John Barrow and included representatives from Tararua District Council, Dannevirke Community Board, Eketahuna Community Board, Woodville District Vision and Federated Farmers, as well as Horizons staff who are managing the scheme.
“The Tararua River Management Scheme is the first of its kind for Horizons,” says Cr Barrow. “It provides a uniform coverage for managing congestion in rivers and streams across the whole district, rather than being based on a specific river. It is also the first scheme of its kind that rates on a uniform flat rate rather than a differential rate based on risk to property.”
The community group was created to represent the ratepayers covered by the Tararua Scheme. The members will provide input to Horizons staff about key river issues within the district and help prioritise and monitor overall works delivery.
“It’s really important that the community let us know what is going on in the rivers in the district,” says Cr Barrow.
“It’s a big district to cover and there are limited council staff resources, so we are really relying on the community being our eyes and ears.”
This comment was also echoed by the other members of the group. Tararua District councillor Peter Johns says the group is there to act on behalf of the community.
“We want to make sure that people in the community know that they can contact us, or staff at the Horizons’ Woodville office, if they have any issues in rivers or streams that they need help with.” says Johns.
Cr Barrow says the next meeting for the group will be held at the end of October. “If anyone in the community has any river issues that they wish to talk about, please feel free to get in touch with group members or Horizons directly on freephone 0508 800 800,” he says.
The Tararua River Management Scheme came into effect on 1 July 2018. In the last 12 months it has completed 17 projects across the district including clearing vegetation, opening channels and clearing congestion in the Manawatu, Ihuraua, Tawataia, Mangahoa and Mangapuku rivers.