Clarence Nationals MP, Chris Gulaptis, has announced that work has commenced on a $1.4 million upgrade of Yamba’s commercial moorings under the NSW Government’s significant investment in regional coastal infrastructure.
“The upgrade to infrastructure used by the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative includes the replacement of structures that are at the end of their service life,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The concrete refuelling and unloading jetty will have the steel piles and fendering system refurbished and the Yamba Gantry Wall will have 19 catwalk moorings replaced.
“The project is being funded under the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Coastal Infrastructure Program and managed by NSW Public Works.
“The work is expected to be completed by the end of July.”
Mr Gulaptis said planning is also underway to commence dredging of the navigation channels in the Clarence River, and upgrade the northern breakwater at Iluka in the coming months.
“It is planned to dredge an estimated 85,000 cubic metres from the main navigation channel of the Clarence River and Yamba and Iluka boat harbours,” he said.
“The dredging will concentrate on removing shoaling from the main navigation channel and approach channels to the two boat harbours.
“The breakwater upgrade is estimated to cost in excess of $1 million and will improve structural stability and provide pedestrian access on the last section of the breakwater.
“A tender for the Iluka dredging has been issued and the breakwater tender will be issued later this week.
“DPI’s Soil Conservation Service has been engaged to upgrade vehicle access and parking to the Iluka breakwater. These works will cost $500,000 and are expected to commence soon.
”The breakwater is a popular attraction for visitors so the improvements will boost local tourism and benefit the broader regional economy.
“These projects are part of the NSW Government’s multi-million dollar investment in coastal infrastructure for the Clarence River region and demonstrate our continued support of the commercial fishing industry in NSW.”
Picture: Mr Gulaptis is pictured inspecting the Yamba Boat Harbour works with Chairman of the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative Board – Don Mowbray (wearing hat), along with ocean fishermen & longstanding members of the CRFC L-R: Donald Anderson & Graeme Williams.