Works starts on a tidy-up for Unahi on the harbour
Work has begun to make Unahi, at the top of Rangaunu Harbour, a more attractive and welcoming place.
The biggest job is removing the old fertiliser warehouse, built on council land in the 1970s, which sits on Far North District Council land, which general manager — infrastructure and asset management Andy Finch said would improve public access to the reserve, boat ramp and wharf.
The warehouse was used to store fertiliser until 2016. Ballance AgriNutrients, which previously leased it, has employed a specialist company to dismantle the building and safely dispose of the materials, which include asbestos.
Ballance supply chain manager Ben Duncan said the boat ramp and wharf would remain open while the work took place, but the warehouse itself had been fenced off to ensure there was no risk to the public.
“It’s an old building that contains some potentially hazardous materials,” Mr Duncan said.
“Demolition experts AP Group will carefully manage its removal, in line with health and safety requirements.”
Mr Finch said nearby residents were being kept informed of the building’s removal.
“There will be one to two truck movements each day, but there should be little disruption to people using the wharf or boat ramp,” he added.
The Awanui Ratepayers’ and Progressive Association manages the reserve, boat ramp and wharf on behalf of the community, and will be involved in decisions about the long-term use of the warehouse site.
The work is expected to be completed by May.
GOING, GOING . . . : Work on demolishing the old fertiliser shed at Unahi has begun.