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Red rock donations surpass city council expectations

Lack of funds leads to job cuts

LYTTELTON residents have been on the hunt for red rock to help resurface heritage retaining walls. Earlier this year, the Great Lyttelton Red Rock Hunt was launched, in which people were asked to look through their gardens and sections for any spare pieces of rock so work on the wall could be finished. Contractors were working to reface the retaining wall on the corner of Coleride Tce and Dublin St, but noticed they were quickly running out of the red volcanic rock. City council project manager Richard Humm said the response from the community had been fantastic, with donations coming from a range of people and institutions, including Lyttelton’s Anglican church and Lyttelton School. The contractors need 389 sq m of red rock to restore the wall. They’re after pieces that are about the size of a loaf of bread or bigger. Enough rock has now been gathered to not only finish work on the Coleridge Tce and Dublin St retaining wall, but

•From page 1 The trust was established in 2008 and was instrumental to the community following the February 22, 2011, earthquake, offering support and help for those in need. Lyttelton Youth Centre stopped operating its premises last week, it has combined with Lyttelton Community House Trust. The centre has also faced funding shortfalls and could not afford to run at its premises any more. It was set up to help young people in the area by giving them a place to hang out and offer support if they needed it. The funding shortfall has meant the centre has to close and combine the services with the trust. Mr Manch said it would be good to increase the hours in the future but there needs to be enough funding to be able to do that. “There is no point getting enough money to have the hours go back up for only three months and then have them cut again,” Mr Manch said.

I SEE RED: The city council has collected a large amount of red rock donated to reface Lyttelton’s retaining walls. ​

to also reface some of the other retaining walls in Lyttelton. The walls are a distinctive

part of Lyttelton’s streetscape and many of them were built in the mid-19th century by the in-

mates at Lyttelton Gaol. During the earthquakes, many of the walls collapsed or were so badly damaged that they needed to be deconstructed. Refacing all the damaged walls is an expensive task and not all of them can be done. However, key walls around the township are being refaced using salvaged rocks. “We’ve still to collect some of the rock that people have offered us so it is difficult to quantify exactly how much we’ve recovered but it is a significant amount,’’ Mr Humm said. With the amount of rock the community has collected, the high priority walls can be completed and contractors will be able to use red rock on the next priority walls. “This is great news for the heritage listed walls and for the community of Lyttelton,” he said. Mr Humm said he still wants to hear from anyone who has surplus red rock to donate, as there was no shortage of walls it could be used on. People with spare rock should email richard.

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