Royal Billy Point boat ramp open for Labour Weekend 22 October 2019 Recreational fishers will be pleased to hear Royal Billy Point boat ramp (pictured above) in Pauanui will be open to the public from tomorrow onwards, in time for Labour Weekend. (Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp - pictured above) Due to time constraints and the bad weather this week, the new floating wharf pontoon will be installed after Labour Weekend, In the meantime the old pontoon will be in use. The new walkway to the pontoon is almost complete, with a temporary access ramp constructed until we get Heritage NZ approval. "The project was managed in three stages, starting in June this year, which has helped us with meeting the completion date ahead of Labour Weekend for most of the works," says Andrew Boden, our council's project delivery manager. "We want to thank everyone for their patience while construction was underway, and also feedback and input from the working group involved in the project," says Mr Boden. Council staff will be receiving feedback from the community on the use of the facility during Labour Weekend to see how the facility was used. Council staff will go to the site over Labour Weekend to take photos and observe use. The whole project has been broken into three stages: Stage one - Involved replacing the floating wharf structure and aluminium access bridge. This work is being done by local and outside contractors under the supervision of Council staff. Construction is taking place off-site. We will operate with the old floating wharf structure for Labour Weekend and the installation of the new floating wharf structure is expected to be installed shortly after Labour Weekend. Stage two - Started on 17 June and involved removing three sections of the access walkway, widening and replacing further west. This has been contracted to Bridge It NZ for $699,545.43. Stage three – Began mid- July with contractors EPL Construction removing the existing boat ramp and timber wall and constructing a new wider boat ramp with longer timber wall. ($682,301) See tcdc.govt.nz/royalbillypoint for further information on this project.