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Covid response funding of $1m for Wairoa riverbank erosion control

A flood defence scheme in Wairoa has been boosted by new government funding from the Covid-19 response and recovery fund.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council asset management general manager Chris Dolley said $1 million would go into work on the Wairoa River Scheme for erosion control — $640,000 from the Crown and local funding of $360,000.

Erosion protection work will be done in the River Parade area of the Wairoa riverbank, on the opposite bank to work already done to protect the playground.

The work will consist of sheet pile and planting.

“This will protect essential buried services and provide longer term stability to the bridge abutment nearby,” Mr Dolley said.

The funding came from proposals by regional councils in response to the Government's call for projects to stimulate the economy and create jobs in response to Covid-19.

It is part of the $3 billion allocated to infrastructure projects from the Government's Covid-19 response and recovery fund.

The announcement was welcome news for Wairoa, said regional council chief executive James Palmer.

“Covid-19 has been an unprecedented disruption, but it's vital that the focus remains on helping our communities adapt to climate change, which is the biggest threat to the region's wellbeing,” he said.