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Ruakura Update – Keeping our Ruakura community informed

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Dear resident/neighbour,

This is issue 2 of a regular update to keep you in the picture on progress of the Ruakura development. 

COMMUNITY CATCH UP
Subject to availability we would like to host a Ruakura Community Liaison meeting in August to introduce the members of the group to the operator. This will be the first of many ongoing meetings to ensure there is open communications between the owners and operators of the port and our neighbours. 

We will always strive to minimise the impact on our neighbours and the community. We thank you for your interest and patience and we welcome your feedback every step of the way.

Kind regards,
Blair Morris
GENERAL MANAGER RUAKURA
TAINUI GROUP HOLDINGS

RECENT PROGRESS
With mild weather over recent weeks, earthworks are moving ahead on schedule. We’re on track for completing the first stage of earthworks prior to the year end. We’ve seen excellent progress with the construction of the sediment control ponds to filter any stormwater before it leaves the site. We have stripped around 80% of the topsoil and stockpiled this adjacent to Ruakura Road for re-use at a later date. Sub-surface drainage has been installed to channel the stormwater runoff to the sediment ponds. The pre-loading of the 6ha footprint is progressing as the sub surface drainage is installed. Eventually the pre-load rock will elevate the site 1m higher than the rail line. After 12 months of settling we will strip this pre-load and then construct the pavement layers, a rail siding, noise wall, screen planting, install services and stormwater devices to the site. 

Truck and trailer movements will be increasing over the next few months as the platform expands. All trucks will enter along Percival Road. You will notice the temporary Traffic Management  warning signs, speed restrictions and upgrades of the site entrances to help manage traffic during this time.

LOCAL WILDLIFE
In line with our Environmental Management Plan we have been working with ecologists from Boffa Miskell to capture and transfer native fish to a suitable habitat downstream of our site. Boffa Miskell took the initiative to involve rangatahi (local youth) in this capture and transfer process to give them practical experience and gain knowledge about the world of ecology.

INLAND PORT OPERATOR
TGH recently announced our new joint venture with LINX Cargo Care Group to develop and operate the Ruakura Inland Port. A company owned by LINX, C3 Limited, which is New Zealand’s largest onwharf logistics company, will run the port’s day-today operations. 

LINX and C3 share our long-term vision to transform North Island freight flows and develop the inland port in a responsible way with positive outcomes for the economy, environment and employment for the whole region.

We are targeting the opening of the inland port in the first half of 2019.

 

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Ruakura Update – Keeping our Ruakura community informed

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Dear resident/neighbour,

As you may know, Tainui Group Holdings has been working on plans for several years to develop Waikato-Tainui owned land at Ruakura into a significant work, live and play hub, anchored by a new inland port.

This is a long-term 20-30 year project aiming to develop a high quality precinct and better connect Waikato’s exporters and importers to the world. 

We are now gearing up to get started on the early works to bring our plans to life. This is the first of regular updates to keep you in the picture as to what work is planned at Ruakura and when.

We will always strive to minimise the impact on our neighbours and the community. 

We thank you in advance for your interest and patience and we welcome your feedback every step of the way. We look forward to keeping you updated as the project moves ahead.

Kind regards,

Blair Morris
GENERAL MANAGER RUAKURA FOR
TAINUI GROUP HOLDINGS

WHAT’S THE FIRST WORK TO HAPPEN?
Tainui Group Holdings (TGH) are starting the earthworks for the first stage of the inland port this month and will cover an area of approximately 7ha. TGH has appointed Fulton Hogan as our main contractor to complete this works. The first part of the works is to pre load the site (or to make the ground settle before we place the pavement down) which is expected to finish (weather dependant) at the end of this year. There will be a settlement period for approximately a year. Once it is settled, then pavement layers, rail siding, noise wall, screen planting and services will be completed.

WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR TRAFFIC?
There is a possibility of additional congestion and delays as truck and trailer units enter and exit Ruakura and Percival to bring in additional crushed rock to form the base of the initial 7 hectare site. Temporary Traffic Management warning signs, speed restrictions and upgrades of the site entrances will be installed during this time to help manage traffic. There will also be environmental controls installed to ensure water runoff from the site is controlled.

HEALTH & SAFETY
Keeping people safe on the roads, and on the site is our highest priority. Our contractor Fulton Hogan is a highly safety conscious company with a track record for safe public operations and we
will be monitoring feedback to ensure safe and courteous truck operations on public roads.

 

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