Hannafords Wharf path damaged 20 July 2018 We received information that during the recent weather event on 15 July, some major erosion and cracks have now appeared at the top of the path down to Hannafords Wharf. This has been inspected and has now been closed due to safety reasons. Contractors will be installing a temporary bypass path down to the jetty so it can continue to be used until the repairs can be made. The 360 Ferry and Charter operators have been notified. Storm damage excepted, we now have a much-improved tourism gateway to our region, as the connector for the 360 Ferry between Auckland and Coromandel Town. The upgrade that began in April this year has improved access to the jetty, and we have also created a shelter area for charter boat and ferry passengers, which will give our visitors a better tourism experience at the wharf. The work followed a successful bid to the Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF). Council matched 50% of the funding required to complete the project with the Government's TIF Fund, to the value of $103,500. The project met TIF funding criteria in that it enhanced visitor experience, with Fullers 360 sailing between Coromandel Town and downtown Auckland. Coromandel-Colville Community Board Chair Peter Pritchard says "It's great to have completed these improvements. A big thank you to the businesses affected by the construction process and I think they'll agree, the welcome mat we have now created at Hannafords is an impressive step up." The project involved relocating the concrete wharf pathway slightly inland to improve access to the wharf and help mitigate erosion. New solar-powered lighting, a retaining wall and provision for better stormwater management was all included as part of the project. The turnaround area in the carpark was re-sealed to formalise access to the wharf and create space for buses and vehicles to turn safely. The new visitor shelter provides a dry waiting area for the growing number of ferry passengers and charter boat operations that use the wharf. Check it out when next visiting and enjoy the enhancements.