February 07, 2023
Council scrambles to assess size of flood fix
The deputy chair of Auckland’s powerful planning, environment and parks committee says work on implementation of the Three Waters reform may have to take a back seat to fixing the city’s infrastructure.
Angela Dalton says the committee is scrambling to gather the information it needs to assess repair costs and work out how the infrastructure can be future-proofed.
She says the bill for the flooding could end up costing Auckland billions of dollars, and it’s important to get to grips with all the issues.
“The discussion needs to come to the planning committee as soon as possible, around what is the investment that we need to make? And what does that look like in the context of Three Waters – should that go through? – and the priorities of the work that needs to be done,” Ms Dalton says.
She says some parts of the city will always be flood-prone, while others could have a greater risk of erosion which needs to be prepared for.