Champion Road Culvert Upgrade to Proceed

Thursday 6 June 2013

The Tasman District Council has confirmed its support for a new culvert capable of handling a 1-in-100 year weather events in Richmond’s Champion Road to assist the local stormwater system deal with heavy rain and flooding.

Significant flooding occurred in December 2011 which saw slips above Richmond and Stoke deposit mud, debris and gravel into the system the culvert has had difficulty coping with further major events.  This was displayed with the recent rain event in April this year which resulted in a number of houses being flooded.

Planned for construction in the future the Council has agreed to move the funding forward to enable the $500,000 project to proceed.

This work has become a priority with the movement of gravel in the streams above the site showing no sign of slowing in the near future, said Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne.

“The risk to private property serviced by the culvert in severe events has become too high for the Council to wait which is why we have agreed to bring the project forward.”

“The solution will require more than the construction of a larger culvert to address the recent and ongoing gravel movement.  The installation of gravel traps above and below, some of which will be on private land, will require ongoing maintenance.”

“In collaboration with the Nelson City Council and private landowners we are sure we can achieve a long-term solution to meet the needs of the current and future landowners in the area.”