Boat ramp is­sues

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Clo­sure of the boat ramp at Ford Rd for two years is hav­ing an ef­fect on other lo­cal boat ramps.

Maketu¯ Com­mu­nity Board Chair­man Shane Beech told last week’s meet­ing the last com­mu­nity mar­ket co­in­cided with nice weather and that meant a lot of boat­ies want­ing to launch from Maketu¯ boat ramp.

Board member Gus Cant­lon said there were also is­sues at the Bell Rd boat ramp.

He sug­gested build­ing a jetty for boats to tie up while wait­ing to use the ramp rather than drift­ing mid­stream.

“It’s con­gested and peo­ple are getting an­gry,” he said.

“That would be a good im­prove­ment for Bell Rd be­cause the [Ford Rd] boat ramp will be closed for two years.”

Cr Kevin Marsh sug­gested con­tact­ing Bay of Plenty Re­gional Coun­cil to see if money might be avail­able for a jetty. THREE NEW MU­RALS

The Beach Rd toi­lets will be the first lo­ca­tion for three new mu­rals in Maketu¯.

The Com­mu­nity Board con­sid­ered de­signs from one street artist for mu­rals at the toi­let, on the town’s in­for­ma­tion cen­tre and on the wa­ter tank at the in­ter­sec­tion of Awara and Bledis­loe Park av­enues.

The board agreed to go ahead with the mu­ral on the toi­let block and then seek the com­mu­nity’s views on mu­rals in the other two lo­ca­tions and an eval­u­a­tion of the sug­ges­tions put for­ward.

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