Breakwater work approved

February 18, 2021

The Waitaki District Council has approved nearly half a million dollars for maintenance on Oamaru Harbour’s breakwater and sand mattresses.

Councillors approved $400,000 for breakwater maintenance, through a short-term loan from the breakwater maintenance budget on Tuesday.

The council also approved a variation of the rock placement contract to Road Metals, for the the additional work.

Corriedale ward councillor Bill Kingan was a strong advocate for maintaining the breakwater.

"I’m afraid it’s going to always cost, but we’ve got to look after it."

Councillors also approved $85,000 for rock revetment work over sand-filled mattresses, on the beach north of Oamaru Harbour.

The sand mattresses were installed in 2017, and were destroyed by a weather event, Cr Colin Wollstein said.