Chance to ex­plore new fore­shore

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A new fore­shore be­ing built on One­hunga’s wa­ter­front has reached its first sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.

Res­i­dents can take a close look at the works car­ried out so far when an open day is held on Sun­day.

The restora­tion of the fore­shore is one of the largest recla­ma­tions of its kind in New Zealand.

When work is com­pleted in 2015 there will be a se­ries of sandy bays dot­ting the area along Or­pheus Dr, be­side the south-western mo­tor­way, and greater re­serve ar­eas for the pub­lic.

Con­struc­tion man­ager Jenn Mur­phy of lead con­trac­tors Ful­ton Ho­gan says the first phase of work has not been with­out its chal­lenges but things have pro­gressed well.

‘‘We’re re­ally pleased with pro­duc­tion at the mo­ment, we’re get­ting re­ally good progress even in the wet weather.

‘‘One of the ma­jor chal­lenges has been work­ing with the tide and fig­ur­ing out how that works.’’

Ms Mur­phy says pub­lic feed­back about the pro­ject has been pos­i­tive.

‘‘We get new peo­ple each day com­ment­ing and nor­mally in a pos­i­tive and ex­cited na­ture, I’m pleased to say.’’

Vis­i­tors on Sun­day will be able to walk around the sea bund cre­ated as part of the $28 mil­lion pro­ject.

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Good progress: One­hunga Fore­shore Restora­tion con­struc­tion man­ager Jenn Mur­phy on the new bund. An open day will be held this Sun­day.

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