Div­ing plat­form is needed at Pare­mata bridge

Kapi-Mana News - - CONVERSATIONS -

Do­ing a bomb off the Pare­mata Bridge is a rite of pas­sage in Porirua. Each sum­mer, young peo­ple fling them­selves off the rail­ings as cars drive by on State High­way 1.

On a hot and sunny day, more than 200 peo­ple en­gage in the rit­ual.

There­fore the new div­ing plat­form will serve a valu­able pur­pose in di­rect­ing would-be bridge-jumpers away from the busy road.

Porirua City Coun­cil has com­mit­ted $130,000 and last week Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil put up $80,000 to­wards the project.

Whether it hap­pens or not is con­di­tional on NZ Trans­port Agency also pledg­ing $80,000, so we are wait­ing with bated breath for their de­ci­sion.

The agency has pre­vi­ously stated that it is against bridge jump­ing, but surely the com­pro­mise of a plat­form makes sense.

Some may say the price tag is hefty, but what price do you put on keep­ing our teens safe?

The trans­port agency can surely di­rect $80,000 from its deep pock­ets.

Porirua doesn’t have a Christ­mas in the Park any more. Bah hum­bug. The ef­forts of Robert Brace and his team must be recog­nised for 20 years of ster­ling work. The event has had many guises and venue changes, but the spirit of what it’s about has re­mained stead­fast.

Pic­tures of fam­i­lies, of­ten rugged up when the weather doesn’t play ball, graced this news­pa­per’s pages in De­cem­ber each year.

Brace said the fund­ing short­fall of $35,000 was too much to make up. In this day and age, where grant money and other sources for com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions is shrink­ing, it’s no won­der.

Know­ing Porirua as we do, how­ever, you would ex­pect that a Christ­mas in the Park-type event will rise from the ashes.

But a larger, civic oc­ca­sion, per­haps funded in part by Porirua City Coun­cil, should be staged.

Porirua res­i­dents on so­cial me­dia were in gen­eral agree­ment that a Christ­mas event was needed. Tawa and John­sonville have a pa­rade. Why can that not hap­pen here, if Lions or Ro­tary clubs or the coun­cil came to­gether to or­gan­ise it?

Porirua has a his­tory of com­ing to­gether at times of cri­sis – Creek­fest nearly went un­der some years back be­fore com­mu­nity in­ter­ven­tion – so the odds are good we’ll get St Nick ap­pear­ing and some car­ols hap­pen­ing by De­cem­ber.

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