Work on Silver Stream bank resumed


Contractors have resumed working on a section of a Silver Stream bank in Mosgiel.

In a statement released today, Dunedin City Council 3 Waters capital delivery team leader Dominika Biziak-Kochan said work to secure critical infrastructure on a section of the bank was temporarily stopped due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

Council staff and contractor Downer had put in place appropriate safety measures to ensure the work could continue during the lockdown.

The work, under Covid-19 legislation, was classified as essential as there was an increased risk to critical water supplies, Miss Biziak-Kochan said.

As the work had already started, it was “very important” it continued, she said.

“Under Covid-19 this project is classified as essential and we’ve worked with Downer to put in place appropriate safety measures.”

A section of the Silver Stream walking track was initially closed while Downer started the project but when they were unable to continue due to Covid-19 the section was re-opened to the public.

Now that the work has restarted, the section of track was closed again and signage and fencing had been erected.

A detour has been marked out for people using the track, she said.

“We’d like the public to avoid the work site and take advantage of the detour. We will work hard to have it completed with as little disruption as possible and thank them for their co-operation while the work is being done.”

The work was expected to be finished in May.