Long wait ends for sand

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

WHITE sandy beaches are set to greet Auck­land beach­go­ers next sum­mer.

Re­sand­ing has started at Herne Bay beach and Tay­lors Bay and will be fol­lowed by Block­house Bay, Hamil­ton Bay, Sen­tinel Bay and Pt Che­va­lier.

Auck­land City Coun­cil arts, cul­ture and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee chair­man Greg Moyle says he’s pleased the project is fi­nally un­der way af­ter be­ing on the draw­ing board for some time.

“We need to tidy up those beaches and make them more user friendly.”

The project is part of a $7.74 mil­lion isth­mus beach re­plen­ish­ment pro­gramme, which cov­ers the re­sand­ing of eight Auck­land beaches over five years.

The most re­cent stage of the project will see about 21,700 cu­bic me­tres of sand dredged from the outer har­bour and brought in on barges to the west­ern bays.

Mr Moyle says he re­mem­bers as a child visit­ing Pt Che­va­lier which was “sandy and well-used by the com­mu­nity.”

He says at the mo­ment the beaches are “unattrac­tive and un­invit­ing” and peo­ple are hav­ing to travel to the North Shore to visit a nice beach.

“Now peo­ple will be able to have that beach­side ex­pe­ri­ence in the city.”

Mayor John Banks says he is sure the re­plen­ished beaches and re­serve up­grades will make a huge dif­fer­ence for Auck­lan­ders.

“Af­ter the suc­cess of up­grades at Mis­sion Bay, Ko­hi­marama and St He­liers beaches, it’s great to be able to give those in the west of the city new beaches for sum­mer.”

A coun­cil spokesper­son says the sand has grad­u­ally been de­pleted over a long pe­riod of time be­cause of nat­u­ral ero­sion pro­cesses.

The re­plen­ish­ment of sand pro­vides a pro­tec­tive bar­rier be­tween high wa­ter and sea walls and re­serves as well as im­prov­ing ac­cess along the fore­shore.

Work on Pt Che­va­lier beach is due to start in Septem­ber and be fin­ished by De­cem­ber.

Re­sand­ing of the other five beaches is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of Au­gust.

Four coastal re­serves in­clud­ing Marine Pa­rade, Bella Vista, Cremorne and Home Bay will also be up­graded by the end of July.

There will be re­duced pub­lic ac­cess to the beaches dur­ing the work pe­riod, with con­struc­tion planned dur­ing day­time hours to min­imise dis­rup­tion.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Sandy shore: Greg Moyle says re­plen­ish­ing the sand on West­ern Bays beaches will give Auck­lan­ders a beach­side ex­pe­ri­ence in the city.

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