Addressing the East Coast’s roading crisis

Friday 8 Dec 2017

As shown by the results of recent poll on forestry’s role in the East Coast region of New Zealand covered in last week’s issue of Friday Offcuts, roading is a real issue of concern to the industry, to Council's and to the wider community at the moment. The need for greater co-ordination between all parties involved in the region’s ‘‘crisis’’ roading situation came out of a two-day meeting in Gisborne.

It was attended by representatives from the NZ Transport Agency, Ministry for Primary Industries, Forest Owners Association, forest managers, Tairawhiti Roads and Gisborne District Council. Last Thursday they were flown and driven to Waiteata Forest inland from Tolaga Bay, to Mangatu Forest and to the Tarndale Slip. There were also presentations and talks at the Eastland Community Trust offices.

“They got a first-hand look at the situation,” said Eastland Wood Council chief executive Prue Younger. “It has helped them to realise how serious the roads crisis is, and also shown them the extent of challenges facing steep hill- country forestry. The meeting has opened doors and triggered closer engagement.”

Eastland Wood Council presented each representative with a copy of the report it put out in June this year entitled A Regional Economic Disaster About to Worsen — Does Anyone Care? The report outlined how underfunding for rural roads had made some unfit for heavy trucks. Others, while fit, were deteriorating rapidly.

“The situation has reached crisis point.”

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Source: gisborneherald.co.nz




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