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Link Park boardwalk ready for construction

September 18th, 2012
[by David Armstrong]

Markers in the water show where the boardwalk will start from the Link Park end (right)

Work is set to begin to build the planned boardwalk between Link Park and York Park, the final section of the walkway circumnavigating the Moutere Inlet between Wharf Road and Old Wharf Road.

The project, led by Bob Cooke, project manager of Keep Motueka Beautiful, last month received the required resource consent, and the funds needed - around $40,000 - have been raised mainly through generous private donations along with a $10,000 government grant.

The walkway will be built over the tidal flats, parallel to the Trewavas Street properties numbered 106 to 126, from Link Park at the eastern end of Wharf Road about 100 metres northward to York Park, where the present estuary walkway ends.

The timber piles are being delivered and will be driven into the mud this week and next week, depending on tidal conditions and whether the floodgates are closed. Bob will then be asking for volunteers to help with the construction after the piles are in place.

The $40,000 will cover all timber and other construction materials, such as $3000 for stainless steel nails, as well as hire of machinery. Labour is all voluntary.

The original resource consent was unworkable for a volunteer workforce, as it included no work on Saturdays and all work to be completed within nine days. Bob was able to get signed agreement from all affected residents that these rules need not apply.


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