Tender seeks rocks to repair Whanganui North Mole
An area off Morgan St has been fenced off and will store the rocks needed to repair the North Mole. Photo / Supplied
An “exciting plan” for the North Mole of Whanganui is expected to be revealed at a public meeting in August.
A draft concept plan will be presented at a Te Pūwaha public session on August 10 at the Duncan Pavilion in Castlecliff. Te Pūwaha is the name of the Whanganui Port Revitalization Project.
At the hui, project representatives will present aspirations for community amenities and tourism, as well as dune restoration plans to encourage an abundance of natural life, which in turn supports fishing and the enjoyment of the space.
“We are incredibly excited about the concept plan for the area; it will transform our community and become a place of which we are all proud, ”said Gerrard Albert, President of Te Pūwaha.
“We encourage you to come to the Hui public so that you can see these shots firsthand.”
More information on the hui will be available in the coming weeks.
The Horizons Regional Council recently went to the market to ask for rock supply offers for the North Mole reconstruction work.
Under Te Pūwaha, Horizons is leading the work of strengthening and repairing the deteriorating north and south moles. These repairs are essential to enable an operational port, as they define the mouth of the river and ensure that a navigable depth is maintained for ships, while protecting the port infrastructure from flooding.
“The rock required for the North Mole must be of high density and have appropriate strength, abrasion and weathering characteristics, while being able to provide suitable habitat to support marine ecosystems in and around it. the North Mole, ”Horizons project engineer Dougal Ross mentioned.
“While rock from the local Waitahinga quarry was initially thought to be suitable, it is currently dormant and therefore rock supply must be sought elsewhere.
“The offers we receive will also be evaluated based on price and how well they respect Tupua Te Kawa, social procurement results, project management capacity, track record and resources of the company.”
Albert said that an important aspect of sourcing the rock was that the successful contractor must demonstrate an ability to work in accordance with Te Awa Tupua values, even though the rock may be sourced from outside the watershed.
“It is a requirement that the rock sourcing be carried out in accordance with the values of the Te Pūwaha community at the rock source location. These little things are important,” Albert said.
Construction of the North Mole is scheduled to begin this summer and will require the removal of rubble and exposed steel bars. Work on the pier will be carried out as much as possible at low tide, with clean rock to reduce the risk of adding to the existing sediment load in the Whanganui River.
“We are also aware of the impact on those who use the area for recreational activities,” Ross said.
“During the construction period, we will be working on small sections at a time so that there are always accessible fishing grounds.”
As part of the work, the two fishing platforms along the dike will be temporarily removed. They will be replaced and, depending on funding, two additional fishing platforms will be installed.
Plans are underway to ensure that access roads, shared trails and parking areas disturbed during construction are rehabilitated in a manner that is more respectful of the environment and users.
For project updates, visit www.whanganui.govt.nz/port or email [email protected]