First street complete in revitalisation project
The Turangi Street Revitalisation Project has been making steady progress despite uncooperative weather and COVID-19 restrictions, with tree removal and new kerbing and channelling finished in Rangipoia Place and the replanting in place.
This is the first street in Package 1 of the project to be completed, and Turangi Tongariro Board members Rob Severne, Donna Searancke and Councillor John Mack were on hand to take a look.
“I would like to personally thank the team that are working on this project,” Cr Mack said.
"They have been so professional and approachable which has the follow-on that the community have been very supportive of the work and have lived around the disruptions. I would also like to personally thank the community for their understanding and being so kind to the team.”
The $6.5 million project was funded by central government and aims to improve streetscapes in Turangi township by repairing footpaths, kerbing and channelling that have been damaged by tree roots.
This damage causes water pooling, is dangerous for pedestrians and those using mobility scooters, and there is also concern that the tree roots will impact infrastructure like water and wastewater pipes.
For these reasons, several trees are being removed but a replanting programme is in place with tree species that are better suited to these locations and the community is invited to vote on what trees they’d like to see replanted by taking this survey or by popping into our iSite and chatting with one of the team.