Steve Collie: Dredging Crucial For Flood Restoration

New Zealand Economy

The economy in New Zealand has performed quite well in recent years, however there are a few bottlenecks especially in housing and urban infrastructure, inequalities in living standards, and rising environmental pressures are all challenges to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth.

Steve Collie: “A study from Roy Morgan Research sheds more light on the subject of the growth of the economy – and its importance within the country”. Without a solid stance on making lasting economic changes aimed at improvement, those in the running for the September elections won’t have a leg to stand on. As it stands, economic issues are the biggest concern for the country’s residents.

According to the report, “When asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, 42% of New Zealanders mention some kind of Economic issue. This is down 3% since October 2013 but still well ahead of Social issues (21%, up 1%), Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues (19%, unchanged) and Environmental issues (9%, up 3%).”

New Zealand EconomyRoy Morgan CEO Michele Levine said that continued data aggregation places issues with the economy on the top for both New Zealand and the world at-large. “One of the concerns also sheds light on a problem affecting the whole world: imbalance of wealth”, according to professionals like Roy Morgan and Steve Collie.

As Morgan stated about the issue, “Over the last few surveys the problems within the economy have taken a different shape – or at least are being articulated differently. Since July 2013 more New Zealanders are concerned with the ‘imbalance of wealth’ / ‘the gap between the rich and the poor’ than are concerned about the more ‘economic’ metrics like recession, inflation, exchange rates and the value of the dollar.”

The importance of these issues comes right alongside the viewpoints expressed by current New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Many analysts believe that this alignment will likely lead to his reelection in September. “However, other candidates could easily overtake Key if this emphasis is lost in the coming months” Steve Collie says.

Tourism and Growth in New Zealand

One big example of investing in the country comes through a $1.92 million investment in the tourism industry. A report from Creative NZ, the arts council of New Zealand, the investment comes as a way to encourage more touring throughout the country – a big draw for both locals and travelers visiting the nation which will also benefit the locals economy.

As Creative New Zealand Senior Manager Cath Cardiff described, the investment reflects an important area of the country’s tourism – and one that was directly in need of something more. “An effective way to develop and manage touring of medium scale work has long been identified as a missing link in our arts infrastructure,” Cardiff said. “The agency and fund will be a catalyst for ensuring more audiences enjoy great New Zealand performing art experiences.”

Steve Collie and Cath Cardiff: “This arts-based initiative showcases the country’s willingness to invest money where it’s needed for improvement”. Investing in programs and changes within the arts will also likely drive tourism and recreation within the country. As Cardiff continued, “In our small country touring is essential for maintaining and increasing audiences for our arts companies and for sustaining the life of a new work beyond its first season.”

Growth is coming in practically every industry within the country of New Zealand. As marketing professional Steve Collie recently described, many of the country’s investments in tourism and beyond are already showing benefits within other industries.

New Zealand EconomyIn Steve Collie’s words, “I work in online marketing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t see effort to grow the economy in other fields when I see it. I think that initiatives like the government’s recent $2 million commitment to driving tourism show that the current administration is doing its part to address the economic concerns of the electorate.”

Business professionals see government initiatives like this as a positive sign of growth and commitment. And this type of positive energy feeds into an overall improvement in how residents and business owners approach their country’s pride and that includes the economy.

“It’s hallmarks like these that show a government on the right track,” Steve Collie continued.

Without a streamlined focus on the economic issues facing New Zealand, those in the running face alienating themselves from residents. The economy needs to remain a top concern – and this includes making lasting changes for improvements. While business professionals like Steve Collie reflect on the current improvements of the economy, they also look forward to bigger and better things in years to come.

 

Dredging AustraliaDredging

Stephen Collie explains how dredging is playing an important role in getting East Australia back on track following the aftermath of Cyclone Oswald.

In January 2013, Cyclone Oswald wreaked havoc on parts of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. The storm had a widespread impact and caused extreme flooding, storms and water damage.

Damage was estimated to be at least Aus$2.4 billion (which equates to about 2.5 billion U.S dollars). The storm affected more than 4,000 homes and 600 businesses in Bundaberg, Australia. During the storm, more than 7,500 residents of the Bundaberg area were evacuated from their homes. Bundaberg Hospital patients and staff were also removed from the location in order to keep them safe. Bridges, transportation routes and area sewage networks were destroyed. In addition, the storm created massive blackouts and thousands of residents were left without power.

Cyclone Oswald caused immense destruction and created an enormous sinkhole that swallowed up an entire two-story building in the Burnett River area of Midtown Marina.

“The storm left many parts of East Australia in bad shape. We are doing our best to repair that damage to get the surrounding cities back on their feet,” says Steve Karl Collie whose dredging company is among those working to repair the effects of the cyclone.

In order to help repair the damage of the cyclone, the Australian government has approved a project which will help to transform the ravaged marina into a public park area. According to Dredging Today, the project, which will cost an estimated $2.4 million, is set to involve building a 77-metre long steel sheet-pile retaining wall “with interlocking sections to maximize its strength to withstand future floodwaters, then backfilling the hole to reclaim the riverbank.”

One of the key tools involved in repairing the damage from the storm and transforming the land into a safe public area, is the process of dredging.

Steve Karl Collie explains, “Dredging is the process of excavating an area that is partially under water.”

This is done with the purpose of gathering up various sediments and debris and disposing them in a different location. As a manager at one of the major shipping companies in New Zealand, Steve Karl Collie and his employees are highly involved in the project’s current dredging phase.

“This project is going to clean up the marina and clear up the riverbank area of Bundaberg,” he explains. “It will give the people of Bundaberg their Riverwalk area back.”

According to Stephen Collie, the project will make the marina a safe place for people to frequent in the future. “The marina had just gotten back on its feet after a 2011 flood damaged it. That’s where dredging comes in.”

A variety of companies are currently at work to clean up the marina and to fill in the dangerous sinkhole. Much of this work is being done through the use of a dredger, a machine specifically designed to excavate and remove material from the bottom of the water surrounding the marina. In order to make way for the new project, the fallen building debris will be carried away and the ground will be cleared to make room for the new retention wall.

As reported by News Mail, “approximately 65,000 cubic meters of sand and gravel [will] be dredged from an area near Kirby’s Wall to improve navigation of the river.”

Cyclones are a serious threat to the people of Australia. As seen by the destruction of Cyclone Oswald, one of the worst outcomes of a tropical cyclone is flooding. Fortunately for the people of East Australia, the devastation from the recent storm will soon be cleared up.

The once-destroyed land will be transformed into a cheerful place where businesses will thrive and that locals will frequent in their downtime. Thanks to the help of projects like dredging, the storm’s debris will be cleared up and the waterways will soon be functional again.

In addition, the retaining wall, which the project will build, will help to keep the Bundaberg Marina safe from future storms.

“It’s been great to be a part of this project. We can’t wait to see the marina back on its feet,” says Steve Karl Collie.

 

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