Jump ramp proposed for harbour
Solution considers boaties and swimmers
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.
Solution near: The Paremata boat ramp and bridge have caused arguments between swimmers and boaties.
– Porirua mayor Nick Leggett