Buller District Council

Media Releases

Media Release- Westport Water Supply Moves Forward

16th February, 2018
Council has accepted recommendations to proceed with the due diligence phase of the Westport water project. This a major step forward in resolving the primary raw water supply which has been out of service since the No.1 Tunnel collapse in December 2016. After completing a rigorous “Price Quality Method” tender process, Council’s bid evaluation team […] Read more »

Buller District appoints Recovery Manager

5th February, 2018
Now that we have terminated the state of emergency we are in the recovery phase.  This requires Council to employ a specialist recovery manager to lead the recovery process which is expected to last anywhere between 1 – 3 months. We have appointed Paul Clarkson, the current BDC Compliance Manager into this role, and will […] Read more »

Roading update for Buller District

2nd February, 2018
Residents are advised of the following: Closed roads SH6 Coast section will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am for the next 4 nights. Daylight access available.   A manned checkpoint will be in place as it is down to one lane. Soldiers and Perseverence as per email KL and these are very low priority Waiuta […] Read more »

Important update for residents in recovery phase

2nd February, 2018
Although a state of emergency still remains in place, the emergency response effort has moved now to that of recovery.  We currently have teams out assessing damage and looking to reinstate anything they can.    Residents should not re-inhabit flooded homes until they have been checked for structural damage and until it has been confirmed that […] Read more »

Road Closure Update for Buller District

1st February, 2018
Please note the following road closures – please do not drive on flooded roads – this is dangerous and also floods surrounding houses Darkies Terrace Rd blocked, 22t excavator working through this now Virgin Flat Rd blocked, 20t excavator working through this Martins Creek Rd blocked, electrical cables still entwined Wilsons Lead Rd being opened […] Read more »

State of emergency has been declared for Buller District

1st February, 2018
    Mayor Garry Howard declared a state of emergency at 1pm due to the flooding that has occurred as a result of cyclone Fehi.   There have been evacuations in many low lying areas such as Snodgrass, Carters beach , Derby Street and many houses have experienced flooding.   The Emergency Operation Centre has […] Read more »

Severe Weather Event has Arrived in Buller

1st February, 2018
The predicted weather event has arrived in the Buller district – please note the following to ensure your safety: Road closures: Barrytown to Westport Crossroads closed Lower Buller Gorge- closed Martins Road – Closed Both Tiphead roads in Westport – closed North Beach – Closed Westport Harbour Closed until further notice   Schools are advised […] Read more »

Severe Weather Warning for Buller

31st January, 2018
Buller Civil Defence has been advised that there is potentially a significant weather event and that the combination of Rain, Wind and Storm Surge could have a significant impact on some Communities. This may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding, slips and coastal inundation are also possible and driving conditions may be […] Read more »

Media release – Westport Harbour

24th January, 2018
On the 31st of January 2018 Buller District Council will be discussing and making a decision on the designation of the Westport Harbour, which will directly determine its future. Westport Harbour Limited, a subsidiary of Buller District Council’s holding company, Buller Holdings Limited is expected to be wound up by the end of March 2018, […] Read more »

Reefton Water Supply – Water Conservation Notice

22nd January, 2018
The Reefton Water Supply reservoir has recovered sufficiently to allow water restrictions to be downgraded to conservation usage. Conservation measures are expected to remain in place over the duration of this ongoing dry period. Water saving tips are available on our website here Council appreciates residents cooperation during this time. Read more »
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