Re­sand­ing de­layed but still on time

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Heather McCracken

Re­sand­ing at Pt Che­va­lier beach has been resched­uled to start in Septem­ber.

But work is still ex­pected to fin­ish by the orig­i­nal dead­line of De­cem­ber, re­open­ing the beach in time for sum­mer.

Auck­land City Coun­cil plans to re­sand six beaches this year. Work on Herne Bay, Sen­tinel Re­serve, Hamil­ton Re­serve, Tay­lors Bay and Block­house Bay will start in May and be com­pleted by Au­gust.

Parks ser­vices man­ager Mark Bowa­ter says an ear­lier plan to work on Pt Che­va­lier at the same time has proved too dif­fi­cult.

In­stead the largest of the six beaches will be com­pleted last.

West­ern Bays coun­cil­lor Graeme Easte says he’s not thrilled about the de­lay to the sand­ing.

But he’s con­fi­dent the work will be fin­ished by next sum­mer.

Mr Easte also hopes to or­gan­ise a com­mu­nity cleanup day to re­move rub­ble from the beach be­fore the re­sand­ing.

“Over the years there’s been an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of stones from the sea­wall,” he says.

“Rather than get heavy ma­chin­ery down there, we’ll do it man­u­ally.”

The work is part of the coun­cil’s $7.7 mil­lion sand re­plen­ish­ing pro­gramme, which be­gan with St He­liers in 2006.

The beaches, which are mostly un­der­wa­ter at high tide, will gain a strip of dry sand at all times.

Pt Che­va­lier will have 16,000 cu­bic me­tres of sand pumped ashore from a barge. The sand will be dredged from deep wa­ter in the outer Hau­raki Gulf.

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