This sign is for the birds...

Wednesday May 30, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
Inset: McConnell Dowell site engineer Dave Hopper and quality engineer Rebecca Rappel at the “duck crossing” sign the contractors have installed on the Turangi Valley access road. Inset: McConnell Dowell site engineer Dave Hopper and quality engineer Rebecca Rappel at the “duck crossing” sign the contractors have installed on the Turangi Valley access road.

Safety is paramount when undertaking construction activities on the Te Mato Vai project.

And that applies not just to contractors working with heavy machinery at the water intake sites, but also to landowners, their families and animals living near construction activities at the water intake sites.

Te Mato Vai project contractors McConnell Dowell, who employ around 14 local people in their 28 man work crew, not only take the safety of their workers seriously, they are also keen to minimise the impact of their work on the environment and the residents living in the area. McConnell Dowell are the contractors tasked with constructing new treatment and filtration facilities at water intake sites as part of Stage 2 of this project.

McConnell Dowell site engineer Dave Hopper and quality engineer Rebecca Rappel were happy to show off the “duck crossing” sign the contractors installed on the Turangi Valley access road to raise awareness of the birds’ presence and to remind road users, including the public and heavy machinery operators in the area, to slow down and drive carefully in the duck crossing area.

Landowner and the owners of the ducks Bill Kamana and family, have about 40 of the birds they look after and sell. They say they are more than happy with the care and concern shown by McConnell Dowell who offered to erect the duck crossing sign.

The family say they have no complaints despite the amount of heavy machinery moving up and down the road as part of the Te Mato Vai project upgrade works at the Turangi water intake site. 

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