Royal Billy Point update 05 April 2018 The resource consent for the proposed design of the Royal Billy Point boat ramp and pontoon project was lodged with our Council and Waikato Regional Council on the 21 March 2018. Image: Proposed design and scope of the Royal Billy Point boat ramp and pontoon project "There was a slight delay in the consent being lodged due to staff awaiting an specialist report to be completed," says our Project Manager Len Whittaker. "The consent is expected to take four to six weeks to process and approve, however we are still on target to have the project complete prior to Christmas." "The next step will be the contract tendering process" says Mr Whittaker. The plan is to widen the boat ramp, realign the wharf access bridge, replace the wharf's floating pontoon, install floating pontoons at the boat ramp and extend the sand-retaining groyne. The boat ramp is over 50 years old as it was part of the original comprehensive development of Pauanui in the 1960s. Over the past few years the boat ramp has deteriorated. The wharf is used mostly for pedestrian access to the Tairua – Pauanui ferry service that operates from the floating pontoon. The pontoon remains an all-tide facility for shallower draft vessels. For more information see www.tcdc.govt.nz/royalbillypoint. Updates on the project will be published on the above page or subscribe to our e-newsletters here to have them sent to your email address.