Council staff have been hard at work assessing Maitai River swimming holes following the August severe weather.

The good news is most swimming holes were unaffected, with only two holes (Sunday Hole and Black Hole) requiring gravel moving work.

This work will begin next week (starting Monday 14 November) and is expected to be completed by the end of November, weather dependent.

Gravel will be moved to form beaches that will provide easier access points from the picnic grounds to the swimming holes.

In addition to moving the gravel at these two holes, the rope swing at Black Hole at Branford Park will be removed. Unfortunately, flooding from the August weather eroded the base of this tree, making it unsafe.

We kindly ask you to please stay clear of these swimming holes while work is carried out. There will be heavy machinery in place, which is a hazard to people and pets. Your cooperation will help us complete this work as fast as possible.