Parts of Devonport’s Victoria Wharf, which is alongside Devonport Wharf, are to be closed as Auckland Council carries out a safety assessment and investigates ways to ensure continued safe access to the historic wharf in the future.
Ian Maxwell, manager parks, sports and recreation for the Auckland Council, says Victoria Wharf is in need of a detailed condition assessment.
“It is not unusual for large groups or crowds to gather on the wharf, especially during summer and the New Year holiday period.
“It is for this reason, and to ensure public safety, that we have closed access to part of Victoria Wharf while we carry out a detailed assessment of the wharf’s condition.
“This assessment will allow us to develop options for both maintenance and future use,” he says.
Devonport Takapuna Local Board Chair Chris Darby said initial investigations under the wharf had revealed some disturbing deterioration of the primary structure, which he believed had occurred as a consequence of the wharf being neglected under the tenure of the previous council.
The wharf was built around 80 years ago, circa 1929. It is a popular place for visitors and fishers. Fencing is being put in place to close the cargo section of the wharf. The first section of the wharf, and accessway to Devonport Wharf, can still be used.
- Fences will go up on the wharf prior to Christmas. This installation work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 21 December.