Boardwalk trial at Whangamata on the way
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Posted June 24, 2020
Thames Coromandel District Council is to trial a new way to construct a coastal boardwalk at Beach Access 10 in Whangamata. It’s hoped the trial area can be installed by the end of this week (weather-dependent).
Following the feedback on the proposed Whangamata boardwalk extension project, the Whangamata Community Board decided to trial a small 10m section of light-weight boardwalk material at the southern end of the existing boardwalk by the Surf Club (Beach Access 10).
The new design aims to reduce the need for excavations and will sit at the surface to maintain natural dune form. It also allows for sections to be built off-site reducing some of the costs and construction disturbance while providing the ability to shift sections should these need to be re-positioned.
The community is asked to feedback on the three-month trial, to see how it performs and whether it meets the project objectives,and to inform future decisions for the boardwalk.
Some questions to think about:What do you think of the new lightweight boardwalk design with limited foundations?Can you identify any issues with the new design?Do you think the new method of the boardwalk sitting on top of the sand with limited piles will have a lesser impact on the dune environment?Do you agree that the new 10m sectional design that allows sections to be moved if necessary is better suited?
Once the trial has been installed you can complete an online survey at tcdc.govt.nz/whangaboardwalk or visit our Whangamata Service Centre, 620 Port Road.