Moves To Secure Quarry Lake Under Way

Posted by on Dec 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Quarry Lake

Quarry Lake

The Council is moving swiftly to address the situation at Quarry Lake after the death of Raphael Alualu, the 17-year-old from Mt Roskill who drowned after jumping from the top of a 10-metre high cliff last Tuesday.

Council has undertaken the following remedial actions since the drowning

•  An additional 30 metre, 2 metre high fence has been added to the existing fencing on the squash club land, funded by Council;

•  Permanent signage has been erected on the fence inside the squash club land informing people of the danger;

•  A temporary 1.2 metre high fence has been erected along the exposed cliff edge adjacent to Shea Terrace with permanent warning signage and daily monitoring;

•  Planting will take place both inside and outside of the 1.2 metre fence to soften the fence structure and enhance the surrounding area. Planting will occur next autumn/winter within the next planting season;

•  A karakia/rahui took place on Wednesday 1 December and was in place for 24 hours.

The Devonport-Takapuna Board will consider the following additional provisions this week;

•  That a permanent 1.2 metre high pool fencing be installed along the cliff edge adjacent to Shea Terrace to limit a potential risk to public safety.

•  Investigating the opportunity with the Devonport – Takapuna Local Board to have a permanent jumping platform/structure installed in a suitable location within Quarry Lake Reserve. Council officers recommend that a small working party be formed to progress this, with representatives from the local board and the local and sports parks team.

•  The option of having life saving equipment strategically positioned around the lake edge in event of an emergency.

The estimated costs of the 1.2 metre pool fence and signage is $7,500.   The proposed planting cost will be $2,000. These costs will be funded from within current operational budgets.

Map of Quarry Lake showing suggested changes

Map of Quarry Lake showing suggested changes

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