19 Jul 2013

Contract bidder says important to have community on-side

11:05 am on 19 July 2013

One of the companies tendering for the contract to design and construct the proposed Ruataniwha water storage scheme in Central Hawke's Bay says it's important for whichever company gains the work to have the community on-side.

The proposed $600 million scheme will store 90 million cubic metres of water and take about three to four years to build.

It has Government backing, but there is some community concern about the cost of the scheme to ratepayers and its environmental impact.

OHL-Hawkins bid manager Steve Livesay said a meeting held in Waipawa this week gave farmers a chance to hear first-hand about the planned scheme.

A decision on which company gains the contract will be announced in October.

A Government-appointed Board of Inquiry is yet to hear evidence and decide if the project gets the go ahead.

However, the Government has said water storage is one of its top priorities.