Aerial drones are proving their worth in recording progress on the Two Mile Creek project in Waihi Beach.
Project Manager Su Young Ko says drones have been invaluable in recording the before and after work on the creek - not only for the council's records, but to give residents a clearer picture of the project's progress.
"We flew drones over the creek in February before work began, then in April to record the project's half-way mark. We will put them up again this month to get the final picture of the completed work."
Protection of a special 'tui tree' on a resident's property was one of the trickier challenges, says Su Young.
"Keeping the tree was not easy as we had to make changes to the alignment of the revetment. The machine operator from Beach Contractors did a great job in carefully placing the rocks around the tree to protect its wellbeing. We are thrilled the tree is healthy and enjoying its tui visitors."
The project was completed in July and is within budget. Funding for the project is split 25/75 per cent between landowner contributions and the council.
The rock revetment has been completed on both sides of the creek banks and a training groyne built. The rock structure has been finished with timber geotextile fabric anchoring and grouted walls have been completed to tie into the Dillon Street bridge abutments.
The Western Bay of Plenty District Council is using drones as a recording tool for several projects, and has also been used by the council communications team for the photo of the Uretara suspension bridge and the Omokoroa cycleway.