• Patrick McBride

Another Boost for Buller

Buller District Council will receive an investment of nearly $3 million, to kick start the post-COVID 19 rebuild, Parliamentary Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau announced at an event today in Westport.

The Hector Historic Landfill will receive a $1million boost to begin immediate work on erosion protection and the construction of a rock protection wall.

“The impacts of the historic dumpsite have been severe for West Coast residents and it is high time a long-term solution was underway,” said Mr Tabuteau.

The investment will enable the Hector Historic Landfill to create five new jobs so work can begin straight away, with design work having taken into account predicted tide range, storm surge and sea level rise over 100 years meaning the solutions proposed will be fit for purpose for generations to come.

Further investment being announced today includes a $1.8 million dollar injection into the Tidal Bridge #2 between Karamea and Buller, a vital connection enabling local travel, business and tourism.

Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine was pleased to have PGF support for another two projects in the area.

"The old hector landfill has been under constant threat of erosion that would result in historic industrial waste on our Northern Buller beach. The other announcement for the tidal creek bridge is also significant for little Wanganui and Karamea, as this is on a key transport link," Cleine told McBride Vision.

Currently the bridge is a single lane, nearing the end of its life which is poorly aligned to the road corridor.

"The replacement will be a two lane bridge, better aligned and be designed for heavy trucks. A very worthwhile improvement to the resilience of northern Buller," he added.