Pon­toon takes shape

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - JAMES KITTO

THE devel­op­ment of New Nor­folk’s new mul­ti­pur­pose pon­toon is tak­ing shape af­ter the first stage of the project was com­pleted ear­lier this month.

Once fin­ished the new 70m long pon­toon will be more than three times the length of the pre­vi­ous pon­toon at the New Nor­folk Es­planade.

Der­went Val­ley Mayor Mar­tyn Evans said the lo­cal project, which re­ceived State Govern­ment fund­ing, would be a well-en­joyed com­mu­nity as­set.

“This is a very ex­cit­ing project which is track­ing along ex­tremely well,” Cr Evans said.

“The State Govern­ment’s sup­port of $300,000 has gone a long way. There’s no doubt the pon­toon will pro­vide a true wa­ter frontage for peo­ple to con­verge on.”

Tas­ma­nian row­ing stal­wart Neil Stump said the new pon­toon would be fan­tas­tic for the New Nor­folk row­ing club once com­plete.

“It will cer­tainly be big a boost for the club,” he said.

“There’s an el­e­ment of dan­ger for the club’s row­ers at the mo­ment with hav­ing to cross the road to put boats in the wa­ter. So I think the new pon­toon will be great for them.”

Cr Evans said the coun­cil was ex­plor­ing the “next steps” for en­gag­ing more ac­tiv­i­ties at the Es­planade.

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