• Patrick McBride

Ready to rock Westport

Work has resumed on the seawall beside the Westport Airport in the Buller District.

Gneissic rock from Charleston being placed.

PHOTO: Pete Lusk

The Westport Airport which is jointly owned by BDC and Ministry of Transport have co-funded the project with substantial funding via a PGF grant of around $2m.

The project came about after the airport suffered erosion damage during ex-Cyclone Fehi in 2018. Work had to completely stop due to Covid-19, but is now back in full swing.

It is a vital link for the district and region with an estimated 10,000 passengers using the facility yearly along with air ambulance and military operations.

Good quality Charleston rock is being used with Geotech taking care of the blasting and extraction.

“Very pleasing to see local contractors back at work to complete the Westport Airport Seawall. This is such an important gateway to both Buller and the WestCoast, especially given our work towards a post covid economic recovery” mayor Jamie Cleine told McBride Vison.

Transport and placement of the rock is being carried out by local firm Avery Bros with the project completion expected in July. BDC uses a project delivery model that sees regular updates back to full council by an appointed project manager.