Collaborative Approach to Flood Protection in Masterton
A collaborative approach to flood protection in Masterton,
with the long-term objective of achieving a 100-year level of
protection, plus allowance for climate change, has been agreed
by Masterton District Council (MDC) and Greater Wellington
Regional Council (GWRC).
Recent floodplain modelling work carried out by the two
councils confirmed that a flood risk exists for the town
although MDC has concluded that Masterton is protected to a one
in 50 year flood.
Both councils agree that given the increased risk of extreme
weather events and the challenges presented by climate change,
additional protection is needed to ensure ongoing protection
into the future.
The initial focus will be on assessing and upgrading any
potential ‘weak points’ in the town’s flood protection, which
might not meet the required base 50-year protection level. This
will provide information regarding the benefits and feasibility
of staging any future upgrades, in order to spread the cost.
“Our two organisations are most effective for our communities
when we are working together towards common objectives,”
explained Masterton District Council CEO Pim Borren. “We have
different responsibilities in terms of flood protection and land
use, but share the one clear objective of ensuring that our
community is adequately protected from the risk of flooding both
now and in the future.”
Greater Wellington Regional Council CEO Greg Campbell
welcomed the collaboration.
“We have had some very productive discussions in recent weeks
and good communication is the key to ensuring that we get the
best possible result for the people of Masterton,” he said.
“Both councils are keen to work together on the solutions that
are best for our community.”
GWRC, with input from MDC, will be carrying out further
options development work in the coming months through its
Floodplain Management Plan process.
18 June 2015