© 2022 Resilient River Communities

Resilient River Communities

Franz Josef Flood Protection Project stopbank construction

West Coast Regional Council

The first stage of the Franz Josef resilience infrastructure project had its funding of $12.3M approved. Stage One of the project includes the upgrade of the northern stopbanks to protect the Franz Josef township from the Waiho River. 

Considerable work has been undertaken between the West Coast Regional Council, Provincial Development Unit (now Kānoa - Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit) and Department of Internal Affairs on getting this project to the point it is now. This work started in March 2020 when the West Coast Regional Council submitted a package of projects worth a total of $45.1M across Franz Josef, Hokitika, Greymouth and Westport as part of Central Government’s economic stimulus package for ‘shovel ready’ projects announced during the COVID-19 lockdown.