Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp project to start May 2019 27 December 2018 After some delays, work on the upgrade to the Royal Billy Point wharf and boat ramp in Pauanui is now expected to start in early May next year. The project was delayed earlier this year as the tenders we received exceeded the project budget, however the proposed design for the upgrade of the boat ramp and wharf are finalised and the resource consent has been approved. The project has now been broken up into three contract stages and is programmed to start early May 2019 and will take approximately five months to complete. Stage one - Replace the floating wharf structure and aluminium access bridge. Stage two - Remove three sections of the access walkway and widen and replace further west. Stage three - Remove the existing boat ramp and timber wall and construct a new wider boat ramp with longer timber wall. The contract documentation has been completed and we anticipate that all three contracts will be advertised mid-January 2019 after the Christmas holiday break. 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. Royal Billy Point is the primary location for trailer boat parking and boat launching at the closest point to the harbour entrance at Pauanui. As part of the project residents have stated that there is a need for improvements to boat queuing, particularly in the summer months where the ramp is well used and boats have to temporarily moor on the beach while waiting for the boat ramp to become free and the vehicle and trailer are manoeuvred to the ramp. For more about the background on the Royal Billy Point project and updates see www.tcdc.govt.nz/royalbillypoint or subscribe to our e-newsletters here.