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Contracts start $6 million Kohi Beach restoration

Contracts start $6 million Kohi Beach restoration

Auckland City is about to start its $6 million project to restore Kohimararma Beach and protect Tamaki Drive from coastal erosion.

Auckland City Council today accepted successful tenders for three major works to be undertaken for the Seawall Protection Project.

The three successful tenders were: Kaipara Limited, to supply up to 50,000 cubic metres of sand for Kohimarama Beach. The sand will be dredged from at least three kilometres off the Parkiri coastline, then transported by barge to Kohi where it will be pumped onto the beach.

Smith & Davies Limited, to construct two coastal headlands which will host stormwater pipes and prevent sand drift. They will also extend the existing concrete boat ramp opposite Neligan Avenue

Hughes Civil Limited, to combine and extend stormwater pipes and outlets under the beach to ensure the safe discharge of stormwater.

All resource consents have been obtained and construction work, which involves minimal disruption to the beach, is scheduled to begin in January 2004.

The Chairperson of the Recreation and Events Committee, Councillor Scott Milne, says locals will notice more sand on the beach, sourced from three kilometres off Pakiri beach in Northland, from late March 2004. It will be supplied in stages. “It’s nice to see so much common sense prevailing at this time of year. Here is a project that will ensure Tamaki Drive and the seawall do not end up in Rangitoto Channel where they were heading, given the effects of 50 years of erosion and stormwater damage,” says Mr Milne.

“Local Councillors Yates and Armstrong have worked hard to also ensure that the public amenity value is increased. The beach had become dangerous to bathers as they negotiated damaged steps and pathways during high winds and seas.

“The extended 50 metre stormwater pipeline will make sure street and suburb run-off goes well offshore. This will address public health concerns and improve water quality – I love these sorts of projects.”

The project is due for completion in September 2004.

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