Thursday November 19, 2015
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The broken seawall the day after the June 2013 storm
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• The sea wall was completed in 1937 after a city engineer suggested it would be a good way to stop sand from drifting onto The Esplanade. • The seawall stretches for 350 metres along Island Bay.
The seawall as it has stood since the June 2013 storm.
Rise of iconic seawall The reconstruction and strengthening will involve trucks, a digger, crane and drilling machinery. Around 290 steel rods will be used to secure the top section of the wall to the base, enabling it to withstand major storms like the ones that hit in 2013. Councillor and Chair of the council’s Environment Committee and Buildings Portfolio Leader, Iona Pannett, said the council recognised that many residents and visitors treasured the wall as a heritage item. “It has been one of the most difficult issues that has come across my desk. I am really pleased it is going to be built, it has been a long time but we have had to go through our processes.” Iona said she looked forward to future discussions about resilience on the south coast. Councillor Paul Eagle said reconstruction of the wall was “wonderful news for the area”.
“It’s great to see that the council is finally listening but it has taken two years and that is a long time. “I walk past there most mornings and I am looking forward to it being fixed and people enjoying the wall over summer.” Island Bay resident Vicki Greco led the Island Bay Seawall action group. She said following a “long hard process” she was pleased the council had listened to the community. “It has been a massive battle and if it wasn’t for Paul and Iona working with us who knows what would have happened. “We battled long and hard to get unbiased information out to the community and ensure the community had their say. “There is so much history in the wall and people will be very excited to see it rebuilt.” Are you pleased the seawall is ﬁnally being rebuilt? Send us an email – email@example.com
Councillor Paul Eagle and Island Bay Residents Association president Vicki Greco at the seawall.
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