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Auckland City Council Plans More Orakei Basin Dredging Works

Auckland City Council is to determine the next stage of the Orakei Basin dredging following consultation with user groups during the next few months.

The council successfully completed the second stage of work around the perimeter of the Basin last December and now wants to move on to dredging the creek arms.

City Works Committee chair Cr Doug Astley says the area of work will be defined after talks with interested parties. The Council will then seek new resource consents or variations to existing resource consents to allow the next stage of dredging to be carried out efficiently with minimal disruption.

“We think there will be less disruption for residents and user groups if the job is done in winter,” Cr Astley said. “We’ll be asking people what they think about bringing the work forward so that it is finished before summer when the Basin is most heavily used.”

Cr Astley says the next stage will use the methods of barge dredging and swamp mats, or timber platforms, to extract black organic material and marine silts from the creek. He adds that some 6750cu.m of material was removed during the second stage of the council’s five-year, million dollar project to improve the Basin.

“This completes about 90 per cent of the perimeter of the Basin, extending inward in a 30 metre band,” he said. “The works are removing odour, reducing algal blooms, improving the appearance of the Basin and making it much more acceptable for recreational use.

“We are making steady progress and achieving tangible results and we are looking forward to continuing with the clean-up of this important asset.”

User groups associated with the dredging negotiations say they are benefiting from the council’s staged dredging programme.

The Orakei Basin Protection Group, which has long had an interest in the Basin’s water quality, is pleased with the work to date.

“It’s starting to make a difference,” says spokesperson Coralie Beckham. “We’re very happy with the two stages of dredging that have been completed and we’re looking forward to the creek arms being done. The work so far has cleaned up some of the edges and made it easier for people to put their boats in the water.”

Akarana Young Mariners, regular users of the Basin, say they have benefited from the shoreline being cleaned-up. “It was absolutely mucky and disgusting and now it’s much cleaner near the wharf where we launch the boats,” a member said.

Shane Gibbons, operations manager for the Auckland Water Ski Club, says the club can now operate when there’s a low tide. “It’s made it much easier for us to run our operation,” he says.
ENDS

For further information please contact
Cr Doug Astley
Telephone 620 4923 or 025 2970 494

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