Rodney Times : November 18th 2010
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(09) 412 5371 Mangawhai display Home: 12 Insley St. (09) 423 1020 snells beach offce: 8 Riverleigh Dr. (09) 425 6175 DESIGN FEATURES Three Bedroom & Study Ensuite Home Theatre Island Kitchen Double Garage DESIGN FEATURES Three Bedroom & Study Ensuite Walk in Wardrobe Media Room Double Garage GJ-HDUV-107-RN1110-RT Sea wall tumbles over By MIKE BISHARA Shifting sands: Leanne Smith told the resource consent hearing that the 600-metre-long strip of Orewa beachfront had not seen any sand replenishment for more than five years. Records show the last time the area had sand added was in 2002. A RESOURCE consent appli- cation to build a 600 metre- long sea wall from Marine View to Kohu St at the north- ern end of Orewa beach has been rejected -- tagged as an experiment which posed unacceptable risk. The 3.26 hectare site is partly within the former Rod- ney District Council s area and partly within the coastal marine area that was administered by the now defunct Auckland Regional Council. The Auckland Coun- cil has taken over. Rodney commissioners Bill Smith and Harry Bhana and the regional council s Leigh McGregor and Jennie Hoadley produced separate findings, but both cited the lack of any comprehensive testing or evaluation of the $2.3 million structure, combined with shortcomings in design details. The project submitted by the Rodney District Council and endorsed by the regional council faced criticism from expert witnesses. Chartered professional engineer Greg Shaw lives on the Orewa beachfront. He told the commissioners the technical information and quantities put forward by Davis Coastal Consultants, employed by the council, were riddled with massive errors, omissions and misleading information . He is an independent com- missioner and acts as the con- servation minister s rep- resentative on Resource Management Act issues. He says he has done 14 coastal hearings with sea walls in them. I would say the Rodney District Council application was professionally inept. I have no idea why the old council continued to use con- sultants who were not members of the Engineers Institute. Maybe the new council will review this procedure, he says. Frankly, it is ridiculous the old council never sought my professional advice on such matters. A small fee for a technical review would have saved ratepayers around $300,000, he says. Mr Shaw s evidence was accepted by the Rodney council s own appointed commissioners where it was supported by at least one other expert in coastal processes or coastal engineer- ing . They said chartered profes- sional engineer Richard Frankland and coastal engin- eer Richard Reinen-Hamill stated unequivocally that the proposed sea wall design was untested. Mr Frankland, who appeared for the applicant, said in a peer review that because of the largely exper- imental nature of this struc- ture, there was no means of readily assessing the per- formance of a number of aspects of the structure, other than constructing the works and monitoring what happens. That was not good enough for the commissioners. We are not persuaded by the rebuttal by Craig Davis [owner of Davis Coastal Con- sultants] that the inner har- bour locations, where a simi- lar design has been used, should be seen as a measure of the performance of such a structure. They preferred the evi- dence of Derek Todd, a scien- tist with 26 years working experience in monitoring coastal processes, and Mr Shaw, that the inner harbour locations where similar walls had been used were not com- parable. We find that the applicant is proposing the use of an untested design for a sea wall in an exposed coastal location, and accept the opinion of Mr Todd that this carries a real risk of potential failure of the seawall and walkway, the report said. Sue Simons, counsel for residents and the Golden Sands Beachfront Motel and Waves Motel, was critical of the peer review comments that design deficiencies could be addressed after resource consent was granted by way of a condition of consent. Ms Simons said that was unacceptable in terms of the criteria which must be applied to the assessment of the proposal s effects. Mr Todd considered a mini- mum upper beach sand level should be established at which sand renourishment becomes mandatory to ensure upper beach and dune sand depths were maintained above a level where exposure of the structure would occur. He said he considered the offshore reef proposal by The Orewa Beach Reef Charitable Trust offered the opportunity for a comprehensive long- term solution to beach erosion by treating the cause instead of the symptoms. IN BRIEF Forest fire A fire covering 11 hectares of Woodhill Forest on November 4 involved four helicopters, took five days to ensure it was out, and cost about $80,000, a debrief heard this week. Helensville firefighters were among those battling the fire in the Rimmer Rd area for five hours before contractors moved in to finish the job over the next four days using bulldozers and other equipment. The trees are likely to be used for pulp. The cause is unknown. Stolen car dumped Police were thwarted trying to catch the occupants of a suspected stolen car on Sunday despite its tyres being spiked. The car was dumped in Puhoi and a chase through bush and across the Puhoi River ensued, without success for police. Petrol theft Readers supplying police with information about vehicles doing petrol drive-offs using stolen plates may be rewarded with a chocolate fish. Wellsford police are looking for the personalised plates WOODEZ which could be on an old style 320i BMW. Contact police on (09) 423-8228, 0800-555-111 or email www.crimestoppers- nz.org.nz if you can help. Crime thwarted A series of car break-ins at Parakai has been stemmed by community action, police say. Several vehicles were broken into on the Springs Rd wharf area, which concerned charter boat owners. A company selling bait provided safe parking for visitors. Helicopter help The Westpac Rescue Helicopter attended an emergency near Shelly Beach Rd on November 11. A fire engine responded to a callout to a Shelly Beach Rd house around 7.40am with a child suffering complications from asthma. The ambulance arrived shortly after. The helicopter landed in the Shelly Beach carpark and took the child to Starship hospital. Report and review to come Orewa Beach residents are concerned about how soon they will see sand to protect the beachfront. ''The next step for the Auckland Council is to review feedback on the unsuccessful consent application and prepare a report for the local board to consider,'' Auckland Council manager of parks, sports and recreation Ian Maxwell says. ''This may entail a review of the Orewa Beach Esplanade Enhancement Programme.'' This means residents are unlikely to see any action much before the end of February, Auckland councillor and Red Beach resident Michael Goudie says. Replenishment during summer cannot be done under existing consents when the beach is at peak use. Mr Maxwell says the programme aims to achieve a balance between pro- tection and public use.
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