Jump ramp pro­posed for har­bour

So­lu­tion con­sid­ers boat­ies and swim­mers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

Pare­mata bridge jump­ing and boat safety are two terms that have not gelled well lately, but Bree Allen thinks she has a way to solve that prob­lem.

Allen said a multi-level jump­ing plat­form on the beach side of the bridge would keep peo­ple safe, while not spoil­ing the fun for the jumpers.

Kapi-Mana News ran a story last month about the in­creased num­ber of peo­ple il­le­gally us­ing the boat ramp for swim­ming and the bridge for jump­ing.

Up to 200 peo­ple can be there on a fine day, and boat­ies are con­cerned that some­one will be killed.

Af­ter get­ting tired of peo­ple on both sides of the ar­gu­ment com­plain­ing on Face­book, Allen thought up the so­lu­tion. She was in­spired by Welling­ton’s wa­ter­front jump­ing plat­form.

‘‘They’ve been jump­ing off that bridge for over 80 years. Why ruin that?’’ the Pare­mata res­i­dent said.

‘‘The Welling­ton one has ab­so­lutely proven it is ef­fec­tive. It’s worked and there has been no is­sues.

‘‘It would at­tract ev­ery­one away from the boat ramp, which is caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant safety con­cerns.’’

She said cur­rent so­lu­tions of more se­cu­rity or mov­ing the boat ramp were ex­pen­sive and would not keep ev­ery­one happy.

Allen worked with Pare­mata Boat­ing Club com­modore Paul Pet­tit to present a re­port to coun­cil last month.

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said a jump­ing plat­form would be a great way to keep tra­di­tion go­ing, while keep­ing ev­ery­one safe.

‘‘We have got to make the most of the wa­ter and the har­bour,’’ he said.

‘‘ We [ Porirua City Coun­cil] want to see some sort of jump­ing plat­form put in, so swim­mers are not caus­ing prob­lems on the boat ramp.

‘‘There is enough room there for ev­ery­one.’’

Leggett said a re­port was be­ing pro­duced by the Porirua and Welling­ton Re­gional coun­cils.

‘‘I’m hop­ing we can come up with an af­ford­able op­tion.’’

Leggett said if ev­ery­thing went well, it could be in­cluded in this year’s long-term plan.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCONNELL

So­lu­tion near: The Pare­mata boat ramp and bridge have caused ar­gu­ments be­tween swim­mers and boat­ies.

– Porirua mayor Nick Leggett

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