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Rest and relax . . . Two beaches have been created along the edge of the Lower Manorburn Dam, near Alexandra. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

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A quick trip to the beach at Manorburn Dam seemed almost impossible, but not anymore.

Two beaches have been formed at the Lower Manorburn Dam to help beautify the space and make it more enjoyable for people who venture to the area.

Vincent Community Board member Claire Goudie came up with the idea after frequenting the area with her family.

“It’s a really nice area,” she said.

However, trips there in more recent times made her realise how difficult it could be for people getting in and out of kayaks on the water.

“We tried it recently and there was nowhere really to get kayaks out.”

However, Mrs Goudie said the aim of the beach was to benefit everyone.

“It’s taken a while, but they are there. It’s a great start and I think it will be more utilised,” she said of the area.

Community board deputy chairman Barrie Wills was also pleased to see the beaches had been established.

Both beaches are in the middle basin – one each to the east and west of a large rock, aptly named The Rock.

“It’s tidied [the area] up quite nicely.

“We’re really grateful for what [Chris Robinson, of Central Excavating,] has done.

“It’s been great of him to get out there and put his time into doing it.”

The project was funded using money in the Manorburn investment account and was just one of several jobs on the group’s agenda.

One it has already ticked off its list was the removal of a burned-out car, which had littered the area for about six months last year.