World’s largest floating island being assembled

19 June 2012

Work on assembling and planting what is believed will be the world’s largest man-made floating wetland is underway in Rotorua [New Zealand].

Twenty thousand native plants on the Rotorua District Council-coordinated environmental enhancement initiative will help improve Lake Rotorua water quality while promoting the district with the word ‘Rotorua’ spelled out in giant letters floating on the lake.

After several months of constructing the floating wetland framework contractors commenced assembly of the structure at Sulphur Point alongside Lake Rotorua last week.

When completed the 5,000 square metre floating wetland will be anchored in Lake Rotorua off-shore from Rotorua International Airport. At 160 metres in length by 40 metres wide the wetland will be similar in size to a full rugby field.

A total of 76 modules have been assembled to complete the first section which forms the letter ‘A’, with another six sections yet to be built. The seven sections will then be fastened together in their final form shaping the word ‘Rotorua’. Planting is being carried out as each section is completed with assembly and planting expected to be finished by the end of July.

The $900,000 environmental initiative is a partnership of Rotorua District Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Te Arawa Lakes Trust. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is putting in $225,000 with an additional $225,000 funding from the Crown via the Rotorua Lakes Funding Deed. Rotorua District Council’s investment in the project is $450,000.

[Source: XTRA News]

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