$6.73 million contract awarded for upgrade of Coffs Harbour northern breakwater
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser announced that Haslin Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded a $6.73 million contract to upgrade the Coffs Harbour Northern Breakwater with work due to start in May.
“The work involves widening the breakwater near the entry to the harbour and constructing a rock berm, or shelf, overlain by 12 tonne concrete armour hanbars along the 300 metre section protecting the marina,” Mr Fraser said.
‘The crest of the walkway will be raised to allow extensive views to the north, and preserving amenity and access to Mutton Bird Island.
“An extension of the marina boardwalk was completed late last year and will maintain pedestrian access to Mutton Bird Island while the works are being completed.
“This important project is the result of about three years of engineering investigation and collaboration between Department of Primary Industries – Lands and key stakeholders. It was subject to extensive environmental assessment and survey of marine flora and fauna.
“The discovery of the critically endangered marine brown alga Nereia lophocladia in areas of the seabed near the breakwater resulted in modifications being made to the design to reduce potential impacts on this species.
“This is a fantastic outcome for the environment and was made possible by the collaborative work between DPI - Lands and DPI - Fisheries.
“NSW Public Works will manage the project on behalf of DPI – Lands which is funding the project under its Coastal Infrastructure Program.
“The works will commence in May 2016 and are expected to be completed by mid- 2017, but progress is dependent on favourable weather.
“This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining local infrastructure for the public, recreational boaters, tourism operators, and fishermen that operate out of the harbour,” Mr Fraser concluded.