to replace the Burkes St Leonards Boating Club wharf is on
course to be completed in time for several events and
regattas on Otago Harbour next month - provided the good
The structure suffered major damage in recent years after two
of its piles snapped off at sea-bed level, and was closed
after being deemed a safety hazard.
But club commodore Barry Whipp said during the past two
years, the club had been busy fundraising to replace the
wharf, and grants from the Otago Community Trust, Southern
Trust, Alexander McMillan Trust, Bendigo Valley Foundation,
the Poker Run Powerboat Group and the Port Chalmers Community
Board had helped the club raise the $26,000 needed for the
Work began at the start of August, with Port Otago Ltd
driving piles to re-establish the wharf - this time as a
double-piled wharf to ensure it can better withstand the
strong tidal flows and the wash created by ships passing down
Mr Whipp said he and volunteers were putting joists, decking,
hand rails and ladders on the piles. It was hoped to finish
work in time for the Poker Run Powerboat Charity Race in
early November and the Principal Day Regatta on December 1.
''We're making fantastic progress,'' Mr Whipp said.