The Boulder Bank Challenge will this year be a part of the Big Beach Cleanup.

Boulder Bank walk joins in beach cleanup

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The annual Knapps Lawyers Boulder Bank Challenge will be part of this year’s Big Beach Cleanup.

Nelson West Rotary Club stages the challenge every year, busing people from Wakefield Quay to the Wakapuaka sandflats so they can walk 9km to the Southern end of the Boulder Bank before returning to the quay by boat.

This year’s challenge will take place on Sunday, March 12.

Organiser Jim Sinner says the walk usually attracts more than 200 participants, many whom voluntarily pick up rubbish along the way.

“A lot of rubbish keeps washing up on the Boulder Bank. Each year people pick up several cubic metres of rubbish and we bring it all back to the shore to tip. The Boulder Bank is home to several species of nesting birds, some of which are threatened, and clearing the rubbish helps to improve their nesting environment.”

The rubbish gathered this year will count towards the Department of Conservation’s Big Beach Cleanup – a big community cleanup of Tasman Bay beaches and other coastal areas between Tonga Island and Cable Bay that’s planned for Seaweek 2017.

A highlight for many – particularly children – is the chance to visit the lighthouse.

“The lighthouse is a focal point and marks a point near the end of the walk where people can unwind, purchase something from the BBQ and refuel before tackling the last 20 minutes of walk to the boat pick up point. The historic display in the lighthouse is worth a look and the view from the top is magnificent.”

For those not able to do the 9km walk, there is an option of getting a boat both ways. Fundraising from the Boulder Bank Challenge goes towards supporting Coastguard.

Jim gave special thanks to all the sponsoring businesses that make the event possible.

Tickets for the bus/boat option are $20 per adult and $12 per child or taking the boat both ways is $25 per adult and $15 per children.

Tickets can be purchased from TSB Bank, Stoke Garden & Landscapes, Knapps Lawyers or at [email protected]