The weather was cold but the ceremony warm for the opening of the new bridge over Steam Wharf Stream. This is the first bridge and is a critical step in gaining a walking track around the outside of the lagoon. Iwi led the opening ceremony with Cynthia Brooks cutting the ribbon. We crossed the bridge and then Cynthia gifted the Bridge to Council which was received by Peter Jerram. Council will now take care of theupkeep and maintenance of the bridge.
Grovetown Lagoon Society would like to thank the sponsors who made the bridge possible - Rata Foundation, Pub Charities and the Marlborough District Council. Fulton Hogan formed the track leading up to the bridge and then the walkway to Kelly's Creek. The track is to an exceptionally high standard, thank you Fulton Hogan. Tim Barton has worked very hard to get the bridge designed, built and installed, a job well done Tim. We would also like to thank Paora Mackie, Luke Katu and Molly Luke for the beautiful opening ceremony and the naming of the bridge ‘Te Arohata o Ngahere nui’ – The Big Bush Bridge.
Thanks to everyone who turned out on the day, it was raining and cold, I was astounded to see the number of people who turned out in such conditions. Please come down and enjoy the bridge and a walk beside the lagoon.