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Beach is back in time for summer at St Heliers

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL

MEDIA RELEASE

6 December 2006

Beach is back in time for summer at St Heliers

The pristine sandy beach last seen decades ago in St Heliers has been restored just in time for summer. A $1.2 million upgrade to the foreshore reserve is also just around the corner for the stylish suburb.

Auckland City’s $4.24 million seawall protection project has included sand replenishment, and new headland structures on the western and eastern ends of the beach to contain the sand and divert stormwater away from the beach.

The Arts, Culture and Recreation Committee have also just approved concept plans for a significant upgrade to the foreshore reserve.

“I am delighted that a favourite spot for Aucklanders has been restored in time for a great summer. The success and popularity of the new sand has already demonstrated how important beaches are to people and the life of the city. I’m sure the St Heliers foreshore reserve upgrade will be greeted with the same enthusiasm in the new year,” says Councillor Penny Sefuiva, the committee chairperson.

The strip of beach at St Heliers had depleted over the past few decades, exposing the seawall protecting Tamaki Drive. The seawall suffered substantial structural failure, and was at risk from total failure during a major storm event.

More than 35,000 cubic metres of sand were used to restore the beach to its best, allowing for a 600 metre strip of sand 10 to 30 metres in width at high tide.

“The beach can now play the dual role of protecting the road and providing superb recreational space for people. I know it will be well used and much loved,” says Mrs Sefuiva.

The beach works commenced in May 2006 and have been completed this month as planned.

From now through to June 2007, work will continue on stage two of the stormwater upgrade (along The Parade and Dingle Dell). During this period, the footpath upgrade of The Parade and Dingle walkway will also take place.

The St Heliers Bay foreshore reserve upgrade will commence in April 2007 with a budget of $1.2 million. The design adopts popular elements from the Kohimarama foreshore upgrade, such as the timber boardwalk, and incorporates elements particular to St Heliers character, such as the heritage seats and memorials.

Auckland City is currently exploring options for replacing the boat ramp on the beach.

St Heliers beach will be officially reopened by Auckland City Mayor Dick Hubbard:

Date: 10.30am, Saturday 9 December 2006.

Location: Near the intersection of Tamaki Drive and Goldie Street, St Heliers.

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