New group to address problems with run-off

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A working party is to be formed to review areas in Gore and Mataura that are affected by stormwater and waste run-off.
Councillors voted in favour of the working party at a Gore District Council meeting on Tuesday.
Gore District Council chief executive Steve Parry said in a memo to the meeting that Mayor Tracy Hicks suggested a group of councillors and senior staff evaluate each problem area to see if a solution could be found without downstream repercussions for other property owners.
“These problems, whilst intractable, have tended to be very localised, yet for the small number of property owners affected the problems are acute and distressing,” Mr Parry said.
While the ultimate solution would be to upgrade the infrastructure via the stormwater separation programme, some short-term relief was needed, he said.
During discussion of the memo at the meeting, Mr Hicks said water was getting into residents’ property and causing damage.
Councillor Ralph Beale said it was important for the council to deal with the issue this year as the backflow of sewage was a health risk.
“Some of these people have been very patient and put up with this problem,” Cr Beale said.
Cr Beale is the chairman of the group which also includes fellow councillors Cliff Bolger, Peter Grant, Neville Phillips and John Gardyne.
The report and recommendations by the working group would be submitted to the council by August 31.