Work on Boscombe surf reef set to start again

A SIGH of relief has greeted the return of the team charged with building Europe’s first artificial surf reef in Boscombe.

Officers had previously admitted they had a contingency plan in place in case the ASR team did not return to Bournemouth to finish the complicated marine project.

But this is no longer needed as the team is currently back in the resort and is working off-site preparing the webbing and setting up equipment.

It’s now all down to the weather as to when they can get back in the water. If next week brings the appropriate wind, wave and tide conditions then work can recommence straight away.

It’s hoped the project will be completed by September.

It’s a welcome piece of good news for project managers, who have been blasted for the way in which the scheme has ended up overdue and millions of pounds over budget.

The surf reef itself was originally expected to cost £1.359 million but will end up costing £3.03 million, while the entire Boscombe Spa Village project has gone up in price from £8.291 million to £11 million.

Cllr Beverley Dunlop, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: “The team is back, the equipment is here, the sand is ready. All we need is some good weather and the right sea conditions.

“I am looking forward to seeing the team back in the water to complete our long awaited surf reef.

“Boscombe seafront is already coming alive and with the completion of the surf reef it will really turn Boscombe and Bournemouth into a water sports destination enjoyed by everyone.”

Work is also progressing well on the refurbishment of the Overstrand building. This will be home to a restaurant and café called Urban Reef and a Sorted surf shop and surf school, which are due to open next month.

The retro beach huts designed by HemingwayDesign are also due to go on sale next month.

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8:45am Sat 18 Apr 09

Was Charlie says...

Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site? Was Charlie
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8:57am Sat 18 Apr 09

boardstiff says...

Was Charlie wrote:
Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
[quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....? boardstiff
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9:43am Sat 18 Apr 09

reefskeptic says...



please lets not get too excited yet -overstimulation can yield to less than expected outcomes.

Underwater check on 'surf grief'
By RICHARD WOODD - Taranaki Daily News Last updated 05:00 15/04/2009 Share Print Text Size Relevant offers
Surf reef representatives say they will be back in Opunake this week to do an underwater inspection of what some locals are now calling the "surf grief".

But the Raglan-based designer and contractor, ASR Ltd, is keeping its options open about when the reef might be completed and operational.

ASR director Shaw Mead says divers and engineers expect to be on site for a day by the end of this week when expected northeasterlies should provide calm and clear water.

"We are preparing now to come down for a full underwater inspection and measurement and decide what is required to complete the reef so it makes a wave. It won't require an overnight stay, as we'll be on the road by 4am."

Doing a detailed dive survey while the water is warm and then preparing bags and equipment meant the actual reef work could be done when there is a calm weather window of several days, which could be as late as July.

The water would then be too cold for divers, but they would not be required for that phase anyway.

"We will have three divers on the survey, using video and various measuring devices to see what gaps need to be filled and to even out the top level. We will then work out the most efficient way of doing this.

"Currently we favour having 6.5 cubic metre geotextile bags made to measure, filled with sand onshore and placed by 15-tonne long-neck digger from a work barge. The bags will weigh up to 10 tonnes each. The exact locations will be marked by GPS and buoys.

"The ends of the existing bags also need to be filled because the sand and gravel mix we used did not work well enough and this will probably require slurry pumping through the 100mm pipeline."

Dr Mead estimates the cost of the completion work at $60,000-$70,000 and payment is the responsibility of the Opunake Surf Reef Trust, which is underwritten by the South Taranaki District Council.

The trust, ASR and an engineering consultant contracted to the STDC agreed at a meeting in New Plymouth in February to proceed with the completion work when conditions are favourable, rather than wait until the trust has raised the money.

"They have assured us they can," Dr Mead said.

"We're doing what we can to help, we're happy to be billed later.

"We will then see if the reef meets the contracted performance specifications. ASR will meet the costs of any additional work required after that."

Surf reef trust chairman David Lusk hasn't heard the cynical local label "surf grief" but says it doesn't surprise him. "It's typical of what some people have been saying about this project all along. It doesn't bother me, I'm thick-skinned. I just shrug them off and say wait until it's finished.

"We've been hoping the reef would be finished this summer and although we're running out of summer, it's good news that ASR are preparing the completion work.

"We do need more money and I'm confident we'll get there without having to go back to the council."
please lets not get too excited yet -overstimulation can yield to less than expected outcomes. Underwater check on 'surf grief' By RICHARD WOODD - Taranaki Daily News Last updated 05:00 15/04/2009 Share Print Text Size Relevant offers Surf reef representatives say they will be back in Opunake this week to do an underwater inspection of what some locals are now calling the "surf grief". But the Raglan-based designer and contractor, ASR Ltd, is keeping its options open about when the reef might be completed and operational. ASR director Shaw Mead says divers and engineers expect to be on site for a day by the end of this week when expected northeasterlies should provide calm and clear water. "We are preparing now to come down for a full underwater inspection and measurement and decide what is required to complete the reef so it makes a wave. It won't require an overnight stay, as we'll be on the road by 4am." Doing a detailed dive survey while the water is warm and then preparing bags and equipment meant the actual reef work could be done when there is a calm weather window of several days, which could be as late as July. The water would then be too cold for divers, but they would not be required for that phase anyway. "We will have three divers on the survey, using video and various measuring devices to see what gaps need to be filled and to even out the top level. We will then work out the most efficient way of doing this. "Currently we favour having 6.5 cubic metre geotextile bags made to measure, filled with sand onshore and placed by 15-tonne long-neck digger from a work barge. The bags will weigh up to 10 tonnes each. The exact locations will be marked by GPS and buoys. "The ends of the existing bags also need to be filled because the sand and gravel mix we used did not work well enough and this will probably require slurry pumping through the 100mm pipeline." Dr Mead estimates the cost of the completion work at $60,000-$70,000 and payment is the responsibility of the Opunake Surf Reef Trust, which is underwritten by the South Taranaki District Council. The trust, ASR and an engineering consultant contracted to the STDC agreed at a meeting in New Plymouth in February to proceed with the completion work when conditions are favourable, rather than wait until the trust has raised the money. "They have assured us they can," Dr Mead said. "We're doing what we can to help, we're happy to be billed later. "We will then see if the reef meets the contracted performance specifications. ASR will meet the costs of any additional work required after that." Surf reef trust chairman David Lusk hasn't heard the cynical local label "surf grief" but says it doesn't surprise him. "It's typical of what some people have been saying about this project all along. It doesn't bother me, I'm thick-skinned. I just shrug them off and say wait until it's finished. "We've been hoping the reef would be finished this summer and although we're running out of summer, it's good news that ASR are preparing the completion work. "We do need more money and I'm confident we'll get there without having to go back to the council." reefskeptic
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10:27am Sat 18 Apr 09

John T says...

boardstiff wrote:
Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
Boardstiff
First they came for the Jews
I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?[/p][/quote]Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.... John T
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10:39am Sat 18 Apr 09

Ef the ref says...

"Cllr Beverley Dunlop, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: “The team is back, the equipment is here, the sand is ready. All we need is some good weather and the right sea conditions."

AND ANOTHER £1.6
MILLION!!!
"Cllr Beverley Dunlop, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: “The team is back, the equipment is here, the sand is ready. All we need is some good weather and the right sea conditions." AND ANOTHER £1.6 MILLION!!! Ef the ref
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11:46am Sat 18 Apr 09

beachhut says...

The weather and sea conditions have been great so no excuses. If they turn round and give the excuse that the seas to cold then tell them to wear winter weight suits, as this is the English Channel or had they not taken that into consideration?. For the amount of money they are charging I would want them out there in Speedos if necessary.
The weather and sea conditions have been great so no excuses. If they turn round and give the excuse that the seas to cold then tell them to wear winter weight suits, as this is the English Channel or had they not taken that into consideration?. For the amount of money they are charging I would want them out there in Speedos if necessary. beachhut
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12:40pm Sat 18 Apr 09

boardstiff says...

John T wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
Boardstiff
First they came for the Jews
I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....
I think you'll find:

"They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?[/p][/quote]Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....[/p][/quote]I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...." boardstiff
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1:27pm Sat 18 Apr 09

Laurie Marsh says...

boardstiff wrote:
John T wrote: boardstiff wrote: Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many My God,
A Jewish Communist with Gypsy tendancies is anti reef!
There is no hope!
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many My God, A Jewish Communist with Gypsy tendancies is anti reef! There is no hope! Laurie Marsh
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1:36pm Sat 18 Apr 09

Laurie Marsh says...

Oops,
That should read:- A Jewish Trade Unionist with Communist sympathies is anti-reef!
Sorry!
Oops, That should read:- A Jewish Trade Unionist with Communist sympathies is anti-reef! Sorry! Laurie Marsh
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2:47pm Sat 18 Apr 09

Chris... says...

Ef the ref wrote:
"Cllr Beverley Dunlop, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: “The team is back, the equipment is here, the sand is ready. All we need is some good weather and the right sea conditions."

AND ANOTHER £1.6
MILLION!!!
I believe the figures quoted in the story are wrong. When the Surf Reef Group sat at a Council Meeting a few weeks back asking for another £1.8m, this put the figure up to a total of £12.1m, still hoping that the Boscombe Spa Complex would sell in the form of flats, and Surf Pods to recoup some of the money back.

Not looking good is it.

[quote][p][bold]Ef the ref[/bold] wrote: "Cllr Beverley Dunlop, cabinet member for economy and tourism, said: “The team is back, the equipment is here, the sand is ready. All we need is some good weather and the right sea conditions." AND ANOTHER £1.6 MILLION!!! [/p][/quote]I believe the figures quoted in the story are wrong. When the Surf Reef Group sat at a Council Meeting a few weeks back asking for another £1.8m, this put the figure up to a total of £12.1m, still hoping that the Boscombe Spa Complex would sell in the form of flats, and Surf Pods to recoup some of the money back. Not looking good is it. Chris...
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7:26am Sun 19 Apr 09

Mediclogan5 says...

I am intrigued by the comments of the Tourist department that the scheme wil be enjoyed by 'everyone'...have they been to Torquay? If you thought surfing was in the reach of everybody's budget then yes it would. The cafes are more expensive than Starbucks and as for the gear, well you might as well shhop at Harrods. This whole project was ill concieved as it only caters for those with money with little thought for families and the local community. With the prospect of the London Olympics looming, after years of refusal to listen to public requests for an Ice Rink suddenly proposals are being mde for one at long last, now we have this reef debacle along with the hope of cashing in and getting on board the gravy train.
I am intrigued by the comments of the Tourist department that the scheme wil be enjoyed by 'everyone'...have they been to Torquay? If you thought surfing was in the reach of everybody's budget then yes it would. The cafes are more expensive than Starbucks and as for the gear, well you might as well shhop at Harrods. This whole project was ill concieved as it only caters for those with money with little thought for families and the local community. With the prospect of the London Olympics looming, after years of refusal to listen to public requests for an Ice Rink suddenly proposals are being mde for one at long last, now we have this reef debacle along with the hope of cashing in and getting on board the gravy train. Mediclogan5
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11:12am Sun 19 Apr 09

Ef the ref says...

boardstiff wrote:
John T wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
Boardstiff
First they came for the Jews
I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....
I think you'll find:

"They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."
Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists?
We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you?
[quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?[/p][/quote]Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....[/p][/quote]I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."[/p][/quote]Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists? We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you? Ef the ref
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11:27am Sun 19 Apr 09

Skono says...

Okay lets put 'Then Reef' into context. Bournemouth Council have simply destroyed the beach already which now resembles a gravel car park, now they want to add a Reef that has been proven around the world to NO WORK (read Mount Monganui in New Zealand which has worked once in 2 years and is hated by all surfers), already someone has drowned on the beach as a result of dangerous rip tides, and now, here's the most worrying point, a reef will increase wave size by up to 2.5 times, that's 2.5 times (some swell there can be average 6-7 foot base QED that could be a 17 foot wave, BIGGER THAN A KIMMERIDGE SWELL IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER!!) When and if this finally does get completed and we get a heavy SW or worst case big Easter comes through, people are going to have serious problems out there. No more money should be spent on this White Elephant lest we should have another IMAX God forbid. Only surfers and marine experts can comment on this subject with experience, oh or tax payers that want a say. Oh and ask the best question, HOW FAR OUT IS THE PROPOSED PADDLE TO GET TO THE DAFT THING?????
Okay lets put 'Then Reef' into context. Bournemouth Council have simply destroyed the beach already which now resembles a gravel car park, now they want to add a Reef that has been proven around the world to NO WORK (read Mount Monganui in New Zealand which has worked once in 2 years and is hated by all surfers), already someone has drowned on the beach as a result of dangerous rip tides, and now, here's the most worrying point, a reef will increase wave size by up to 2.5 times, that's 2.5 times (some swell there can be average 6-7 foot base QED that could be a 17 foot wave, BIGGER THAN A KIMMERIDGE SWELL IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER!!) When and if this finally does get completed and we get a heavy SW or worst case big Easter comes through, people are going to have serious problems out there. No more money should be spent on this White Elephant lest we should have another IMAX God forbid. Only surfers and marine experts can comment on this subject with experience, oh or tax payers that want a say. Oh and ask the best question, HOW FAR OUT IS THE PROPOSED PADDLE TO GET TO THE DAFT THING????? Skono
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1:03pm Sun 19 Apr 09

Laurie Marsh says...

Ef the ref wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
John T wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....
I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."
Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists? We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you?


Ef,
You are missing the point.
PARANOID is the key word!
Look up Niemoller.
It is a lot more interesting than a load of rocks (or whatever) thrown in the sea to create a few ripples!
[quote][p][bold]Ef the ref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?[/p][/quote]Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....[/p][/quote]I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."[/p][/quote]Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists? We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you?[/p][/quote] Ef, You are missing the point. PARANOID is the key word! Look up Niemoller. It is a lot more interesting than a load of rocks (or whatever) thrown in the sea to create a few ripples! Laurie Marsh
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4:29pm Sun 19 Apr 09

Ef the ref says...

Laurie Marsh wrote:
Ef the ref wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
John T wrote:
boardstiff wrote:
Was Charlie wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?
I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?
Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....
I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."
Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists? We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you?


Ef,
You are missing the point.
PARANOID is the key word!
Look up Niemoller.
It is a lot more interesting than a load of rocks (or whatever) thrown in the sea to create a few ripples!
I quite agree but we we're STILL discussing THE REEF, so let's not cloud the issue by going off at a tangent!
I doubt if the reef will ever be a success.
[quote][p][bold]Laurie Marsh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ef the ref[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]boardstiff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Was Charlie[/bold] wrote: Why are so many "stories" appearing twice on this web site?[/p][/quote]I think in the case of this one, it's to give Bob49 another chance to take a pop at me for simply supporting the concept of the reef and the Boscombe seafront regeneration. Or am I being paranoid? Who's that at the door .....?[/p][/quote]Boardstiff First they came for the Jews I did not speak out because I was not a Jew....[/p][/quote]I think you'll find: "They came first for the Communists and I did not speak up because I wasn't a Communist...."[/p][/quote]Why all this nonsense about Jews and Communists? We're talking about the surf reef or is that too difficult for you?[/p][/quote] Ef, You are missing the point. PARANOID is the key word! Look up Niemoller. It is a lot more interesting than a load of rocks (or whatever) thrown in the sea to create a few ripples![/p][/quote]I quite agree but we we're STILL discussing THE REEF, so let's not cloud the issue by going off at a tangent! I doubt if the reef will ever be a success. Ef the ref
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12:20am Mon 20 Apr 09

Bob49 says...

Point is Skono it was never about a reef or regeneration - even it's greatest apologist refers to it as the seafront regeneration not all of Boscombe.

The seafront has been allowed to degenerate so as to facilitate easier and cheaper acquisition.

If it was intended to attract visitors why are there NO OTHER FACILITIES ? Why has nothing has been added or proposed for the pier ?

Even the surfers are not really welcome, with the official line being that they park up at the Sovereign Centre and take the shuttle bus (with all their gear!) down to the beach. Originally we were told, as with so much other old guff, that they would be able to rent out the super chalets. Sadly not now.

As these glorified kennels are now to be sold I would be curious to know if they will come with allocated parking ? As it will be nigh on impossible to park will the kennel owners also be expected to clamber aboard one of these dilapidated old double deckers and creak their way down Sea Road ? I doubt very much.

The restaurant will not be aimed at the day visitor, it will simply be priced and marketed at the well heeled. After all how many day visitors does the sea front get after September ?

Object to it ? I expect little else from Bournemouth Councillors. But at least let's have a little more honesty about it and stop the charade of vested interests spouting forth on here as if we are all daft.

A scam it is and, like the monkey that reveals more of it's self the higher up the pole it climbs, more so the scam becomes apparent as each day passes.

Point is Skono it was never about a reef or regeneration - even it's greatest apologist refers to it as the seafront regeneration not all of Boscombe. The seafront has been allowed to degenerate so as to facilitate easier and cheaper acquisition. If it was intended to attract visitors why are there NO OTHER FACILITIES ? Why has nothing has been added or proposed for the pier ? Even the surfers are not really welcome, with the official line being that they park up at the Sovereign Centre and take the shuttle bus (with all their gear!) down to the beach. Originally we were told, as with so much other old guff, that they would be able to rent out the super chalets. Sadly not now. As these glorified kennels are now to be sold I would be curious to know if they will come with allocated parking ? As it will be nigh on impossible to park will the kennel owners also be expected to clamber aboard one of these dilapidated old double deckers and creak their way down Sea Road ? I doubt very much. The restaurant will not be aimed at the day visitor, it will simply be priced and marketed at the well heeled. After all how many day visitors does the sea front get after September ? Object to it ? I expect little else from Bournemouth Councillors. But at least let's have a little more honesty about it and stop the charade of vested interests spouting forth on here as if we are all daft. A scam it is and, like the monkey that reveals more of it's self the higher up the pole it climbs, more so the scam becomes apparent as each day passes. Bob49
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1:40am Mon 20 Apr 09

time nor Tide says...

skono,
too far down the track to stop -the best that can be done is to ensure that they deliver (despite themselves-
what they have promised -exceptional care will be needed to sift through and fully seperate promise from contacted obligation . undeliverable expectation from 'injected hype' is a new field of lawlessness that will need to be addressed. the promoter was resonsible for the ;synthesis' and gestation then propogation by strategic injection of the reef benefit hype drivel. they must be held accountable for it if and when everybody is able to recognise that we have been expecting too much .

there are many stories within stories on the blacks opanake reef story above and i cant believe that meade is sill not 'just keeping his mouth shut' . he digs himself in deeper and deeper with every thing he says.

skono, too far down the track to stop -the best that can be done is to ensure that they deliver (despite themselves- what they have promised -exceptional care will be needed to sift through and fully seperate promise from contacted obligation . undeliverable expectation from 'injected hype' is a new field of lawlessness that will need to be addressed. the promoter was resonsible for the ;synthesis' and gestation then propogation by strategic injection of the reef benefit hype drivel. they must be held accountable for it if and when everybody is able to recognise that we have been expecting too much . there are many stories within stories on the blacks opanake reef story above and i cant believe that meade is sill not 'just keeping his mouth shut' . he digs himself in deeper and deeper with every thing he says. time nor Tide
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1:47am Mon 20 Apr 09

time nor Tide says...



april 2007 kiki newspaper

Seven years ago Black first stood in front of Opunake residents, in the town hall, and promised he could build an artificial surf reef that would create perfect hollow waves and attract surfers from around the country. He claimed it would put Opunake on the world map and it seems he has achieved that already. House prices also increased when news of the reef was announced, as they did in Boscombe, England, where a 30% jump was reported. However, the coastal Taranaki community has yet to see whether Black will continue to ride his wave of success, or whether the rugged west coast will send him tumbling ashore for a million-dollar wipe-out. *
april 2007 kiki newspaper Seven years ago Black first stood in front of Opunake residents, in the town hall, and promised he could build an artificial surf reef that would create perfect hollow waves and attract surfers from around the country. He claimed it would put Opunake on the world map and it seems he has achieved that already. House prices also increased when news of the reef was announced, as they did in Boscombe, England, where a 30% jump was reported. However, the coastal Taranaki community has yet to see whether Black will continue to ride his wave of success, or whether the rugged west coast will send him tumbling ashore for a million-dollar wipe-out. * time nor Tide
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2:39am Mon 20 Apr 09

time nor Tide says...

Trust cash needed to finish surf reef
LEIGHTON KEITH leighton.keith@tnl.c
o.nz. - Taranaki | Friday, 8 June 2007TSB COMMUNITY TRUST money will be required to complete Opunake's long awaited artificial surf reef.
Building the reef started in March 2006, when 16 anchors were dropped into place to hold the 18 geotextile sandbags which will form the reef.
Now only three of the 18 sandbags are in place and most of the $1.1 million allocated for the project by the South Taranaki District Council has been spent.
The Opunake Surf Reef Trust has only $68,400 left in the kitty and is counting on additional funds from the TSB Community Trust to complete the job.
Reef trust treasurer Maureen Gatenby says the trust was being prudent in trying to keep the costs to a minimum.
The trust paid $400,000 for the geotextile bags.
New Plymouth divers working on the reef were being paid $65 per hour while in the water and $35 per hour travelling time, and five divers were required at all times.
"The big issue is, we don't want them sitting here doing nothing. That is the reason we are not rushing in and doing it when there is only going to be one day at sea," Mrs Gatenby said.
The cost of the divers and their boat had been $146,000 so far.
Consultants' fees for the reef cost $257,000, which includes $167,000 to ASR Ltd.
Mrs Gatenby said the trust had identified the cost to build the reef was going to exceed the $1.1 million so it went to the community trust, which put aside a further $600,000.
"So that's the budget that we are currently working to."
Mrs Gatenby says the TSB trust was monitoring everything and the reef trust was happy to give it all of the information required.
She was confident the reef could be completed within the budget. "I have no reason to think anything otherwise."
The trust has until May 2008 to use the TSB Community Trust money.
Additional money spent by the trust includes $38,000 in wages, $110,000 for plant and equipment, $4600 in accommodation, $10,000 for sand, monitoring $7000, consents $10,000, $14,000 for boats and $35,000 to form a boat ramp.
Trust cash needed to finish surf reef LEIGHTON KEITH leighton.keith@tnl.c o.nz. - Taranaki | Friday, 8 June 2007TSB COMMUNITY TRUST money will be required to complete Opunake's long awaited artificial surf reef. Building the reef started in March 2006, when 16 anchors were dropped into place to hold the 18 geotextile sandbags which will form the reef. Now only three of the 18 sandbags are in place and most of the $1.1 million allocated for the project by the South Taranaki District Council has been spent. The Opunake Surf Reef Trust has only $68,400 left in the kitty and is counting on additional funds from the TSB Community Trust to complete the job. Reef trust treasurer Maureen Gatenby says the trust was being prudent in trying to keep the costs to a minimum. The trust paid $400,000 for the geotextile bags. New Plymouth divers working on the reef were being paid $65 per hour while in the water and $35 per hour travelling time, and five divers were required at all times. "The big issue is, we don't want them sitting here doing nothing. That is the reason we are not rushing in and doing it when there is only going to be one day at sea," Mrs Gatenby said. The cost of the divers and their boat had been $146,000 so far. Consultants' fees for the reef cost $257,000, which includes $167,000 to ASR Ltd. Mrs Gatenby said the trust had identified the cost to build the reef was going to exceed the $1.1 million so it went to the community trust, which put aside a further $600,000. "So that's the budget that we are currently working to." Mrs Gatenby says the TSB trust was monitoring everything and the reef trust was happy to give it all of the information required. She was confident the reef could be completed within the budget. "I have no reason to think anything otherwise." The trust has until May 2008 to use the TSB Community Trust money. Additional money spent by the trust includes $38,000 in wages, $110,000 for plant and equipment, $4600 in accommodation, $10,000 for sand, monitoring $7000, consents $10,000, $14,000 for boats and $35,000 to form a boat ramp. time nor Tide
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9:46am Mon 20 Apr 09

Skono says...

That is the first sensible thing I have seen in a newspaper about the whole reef subject. Why are the council decision makers not being held to account for spending on a project that is not only doomed to failure financially but also in delivery. Surely before and after images are available of the beach from 3 years ago to show what they have done so far (not blaming a previous bunch of people). This reef will work alright but it will kill people. What are the provisions for full time lifeguards on rescue skis to drag out broken surfers on 15 foot waves?
That is the first sensible thing I have seen in a newspaper about the whole reef subject. Why are the council decision makers not being held to account for spending on a project that is not only doomed to failure financially but also in delivery. Surely before and after images are available of the beach from 3 years ago to show what they have done so far (not blaming a previous bunch of people). This reef will work alright but it will kill people. What are the provisions for full time lifeguards on rescue skis to drag out broken surfers on 15 foot waves? Skono
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12:15pm Mon 20 Apr 09

beachcomber1 says...

I just wish they'd spent the money on removing the stones from the beach. Or better still, not dumped them there in the 1st place! Now we are going to have the area around the Pier like a building site all summer.
I just wish they'd spent the money on removing the stones from the beach. Or better still, not dumped them there in the 1st place! Now we are going to have the area around the Pier like a building site all summer. beachcomber1
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