At a recent club meeting, Prue Lamason provided an update on the Riverlink Project, a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, Hutt City Council and the NZ Transport Agency. Prue is an elected member of the Regional Council and a member of Rotary Hutt City.
The Riverbank Project has the aim of transforming Hutt City into a more resilient and liveable city, with strong connections to the Hutt River.
The project partners have committed a total of $455 million to meet the expected project cost and preparatory work is underway.
The Regional Council investment aims to improve flood protection through realigning, deepening and widening the river, increasing the size and height of stopbanks and improving biodiversity and water quality.
The City Council prioritises enhancing walking and cycling connections, providing a promenade on the new eastern stopbank, and enabling future mixed-use development and public spaces.
The NZTA investment will fund major transport improvements at Melling, including a new interchange, train station, and improved walking and cycling routes.
Project designs are due to be finalised later in 2020 with construction to start in late 2022.