Christchurch needs our help
CHRISTCHURCH has called upon Lockyer Valley experience in disaster management to help relocate areas of its city devastated by earthquakes.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council (LVRC) Mayor Steve Jones was invited to speak at the New Zealand Emergency Response and Management Summit in Wellington after being rated the top speaker at the Australian conference in Brisbane last year, where he spoke about the initial disaster response in the Lockyer Valley and the Strengthening Grantham project.
Cr Jones was then asked to meet with representatives of the Canterbury Earthquake Reconstruction Authority (CERA) and Deputy Mayor of Christchurch City Council (CCC) Ngaire Button about the Australian-first Grantham relocation and possible similar approaches for Christchurch.
Christchurch has a major problem with more than 7500 homes and 2300 buildings in the Christchurch CBD in what is described by the CCC as the "red zone", all of which are uninhabitable.
With more than 1000 buildings in the zone alone needing to be demolished the New Zealand government is offering home owners a voluntary buy-back scheme similar to the Grantham land swap initiated by the LVRC and the Queensland Government.
The LVRC, CERA and CCC have agreed to keep an open dialogue on the progress of both schemes as all parties involved believe there are many similarities in disaster recovery management for both regions.