Sonya Watts

Residents muck in to save jetties

Sonya Watts, 5 Apr 16
Christchurch sightseeing -

Residents are mucking in to fix well-known Banks Peninsula jetties in disrepair. Locals have established trusts, organised working bees and plan fundraising to fix jetties damaged by earthquakes and wear and tear. Governors Bay Jetty Restoration Trust member Phil Jackson said it planned a fundraising campaign in coming months to fix the 300-metre local jetty, which has been closed since the February 2011 earthquake. "We've made considerable progress on the design, we've talked to all the people we need to get consent from, we have professional engineers and surveyors on the trust," Jackson said. "It's absolutely going to get rebuilt, there's a huge amount of work gone into it." In Church Bay, repairs on the jetty started six weeks ago. About 25 volunteers have lent a hand. Material costs are being covered by the Christchurch City Council, which has provided about $16,000, residents association member Paul Pritchett said. The jetty should be reopened next year. "We have progressed but it's a slow job because we have to work with the tide," he said. Repairs work at the Robinsons Bay jetty could start this year. Bay residents association spokesman Lee Robinson said the council had paid for the wharf's new piles, but it would still take two to three years before people could enjoy it again. Port Levy jetty re-opened earlier this year after repair work was carried out by the council. A Givealittle page has been started to help raise money towards the repairs on Governors Bay jetty. Jackson said once completed, the jetty would be half a metre higher to allow for sea level rise. The council estimated the cost of the repairs at more than $3 million last year. It has allocated $535,000 to the project in its draft annual plan for 2016-17. The council said it had worked on several jetties in the past year, including in Purau, Diamond Harbour and Akaroa. -