We’re currently doing some stopbank strengthening work along a section of the Whakatāne River Trail. This involves the removal of vegetation and structures which could impact the reliability of the stopbank.

Whakatāne River Trail – closure and access restrictions

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Toi Moana maintains community flood projection assets (like stopbanks) throughout the Bay of Plenty. Here in the Eastern Bay we’re prone to flooding, and one of the core roles at Regional Council is to help minimise this risk, to our people, property and livelihoods. This means we’re constantly reviewing our flood protection assets and looking at ways to protect and manage them, while minimising the impacts on the environment.

We are currently undertaking some stopbank strengthening work which involves the removal of vegetation and structures which could impact the reliability of the stopbank.

Work will take approximately three to four weeks to complete the first stage of this work stream (weather dependant). The Council is currently assessing the entire length of the urban stopbank with a view of removing encroachments and remediating the entire stopbank over the next three to four years.

We apologise for the temporary disruption to the Whakatāne River Trail.