Baylys Beach residents and visitors walking the hilltop track now have a couple of spots to stop, rest and enjoy the view, after an enthusiastic team of volunteers installed seating along the walkway on November 24.
The determined group, including members of the Baylys Beach Society, worked tirelessly in the rain to complete the community project — including 10-year-old Caleb Tittleton who held the important role of tool and water carrier — and were rewarded with a welcome barbecue lunch.
Public feedback so far has been extremely positive according to BBS chairperson, Cheryl Carmichael. “I know people who have walked the track and seen the seats realise how hard those men worked to get the seats in,” she said.
To complete the project the BBS received a community funding grant from Kaipara District Council, and they contracted volunteers from The Menz Shed to construct and supply the seating. Stainless steel fixtures were used to ensure the structures would withstand coastal conditions. The new bench seating enables walkers to take time out to rest and enjoy the spectacular views along Baylys Beach, and the BBS is confident the new seating will encourage many more people to utilise the track.