SHADE: Arno Bay Progress Association members Lyn and Neil Wickstein with local builder Ken Best who built the new shade on the town’s foreshore.THE Arno Bay foreshore is ready for its summer visitors thanks to the work of the progress association.
The group, with help of local builder Ken Best and other community members, replaced an old shade on the foreshore near the jetty due to ongoing maintenance issues.
Progress association members Neil and Lyn Wickstein said the cost of maintaining the existing shade was too much and as a result sent a letter to the Cleve District Council asking for permission to upgrade the shade.
“It was decided at our monthly meeting to replace it with a permanent hexagon shaped shelter,” Mrs Wickstein said.
She said after the group received a call from the council’s works manager saying he would recommend the project proceed, members moved on to the planning stages.
“We had a local builder Ken Best construct the frame and he gave us a verbal quote of $6000, and provided us with plans, and Mark Wedding also helped out and he was just fantastic.”
She said there were a lot of helpers for the project with everyone keen to see the shade up and running for the coming warmer months.
The old structure was removed by Peter Turnbull and work began to have the new shade erected in time for summer visitors when the foreshore and park are popular with tourists.
Mrs Wickstein said the new shade was built from timber and stainless steel, and was designed to last a lot longer with minimal maintenance needed.
“All of the materials used are made to withstand severe coastal conditions so we won’t need to do anything to it now that it’s built,” she said.
“We had a similar shade to this built down the beach about 10 years ago and we basically haven’t had to touch it, so they are built to last.”
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