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