Turning the vision of RiverLink into reality

3 months ago

RiverLink has reached another milestone!

Greater Wellington Regional Council and Hutt City Council now have in place the design for riverworks and the promenade, and fnding is committed in their Long Term Plans.

The RiverLink team recently presented the preliminary design to the Greater Wellington Regional Council's Hutt Valley Flood Management Subcommittee and the Hutt City Council Development Committee. Both councils committed to the preliminary design and funding to deliver RiverLink. In 2019 we will start seeking the necessary resource consents.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford received an onsite briefing recently. It was a great opportunity to welcome him and discuss how RiverLink has the potential to transform Lower Hutt.

One aspect of a significant project such as RiverLink is making sure that programme outcomes align with the government’s land transport system investment strategy. Taking a fresh look at transport priorities provides an opportunity to maximise project outcomes. An opportunity was recently taken to discuss the importance of RiverLink to the Lower Hutt community.

While the NZ Transport Agency consider how the new vision for the transport network might apply to the Melling transport improvements project, its full steam ahead for geotechnical investigations.

The rest of 2018 will be busy for RiverLink as we gather geotechnical information about what’s under the ground. This will help us protect the aquifer as we refine our designs. You can read more about this below.

You will also see some activity around Belmont School with the construction of a trial wetland. One of the most important aims of RiverLink is to keep our river healthy. Constructed wetlands will filter stormwater runoff before it reaches Te Awa Kairanga / Hutt River.