Works starts on a tidy-up for Unahi on the har­bour

The Northland Age - - Local News -

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.

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