Members of the Ruawai Boating Club and visitors will soon be enjoying new walkways at the boat ramp with the current installation of non-slip fibreglass mesh panels. The club is inviting local businesses and community members to sponsor a pole to help cover the shortfall in the cost of the project.
The existing walkway structure was erected in 2004, and some areas of the bottom end had suffered deterioration from the water. Several poles that hold the walkways were also needing replacing due to the number of wormholes affecting the future integrity of the structure.
Shipworm, also called pileworm, is common in most oceans and seas and cause destruction in wooden ship hulls, wharves and other submerged wooden structures, so maintenance and replacement are inevitable.
Boating club secretary, Tony Oud, was joined by other volunteers to replace the poles and walkways, working as the tide went out. “We trialled a single panel over the last year, and it has shown no deterioration at all,” said Tony. “Hopefully this will last more than my lifetime — it’s a big job.”
The wharf, boat ramp and walkways are valuable assets to the club and community, including tourists stopping overnight, and it is hoped that locals will come forward with donations and sponsorship.
The project is expected to be completed before Christmas, and the club intends erecting a display board on the foreshore for the names of those who have contributed.
For further information contact Tony Oud at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 0233 3507.