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Stronger wall protecting our Jetty

The upgrade of Coffs Harbour's south wall (or Eastern Breakwater) will be open to the public from Saturday. Photo: Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate
The upgrade of Coffs Harbour's south wall (or Eastern Breakwater) will be open to the public from Saturday. Photo: Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

STRENGTHENED under a $17 million upgrade, Coffs Harbour's Eastern Breakwater will be reopened to the public this weekend in time for the round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

Unveiling the re-armoured breakwater, known locally as the South Wall, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the restored wall would serve as a great spot to watch the powerboat racing on the harbour, depending on how big swell is.

"The breakwall will be open to the public from 9am on Saturday, subject to suitable weather conditions," Mr Fraser said.

"The work involved making some 2,300 concrete amour units, called hanbars, and placing them on the ocean side of the wall.

"The massive job proved a boon for local sub-contractors, such as F. M. Glenn, which manufactured all the project's hanbars. The vast majority of expenditure on the project went directly into the local Coffs economy," he said.

Local suppliers also provided over 30,000 tonnes of quarried hard rock, over 40,000 tonnes of ready-mixed concrete used to make the hanbars and other essentials for the construction.

"The wide-paved crest will provide improved access for fishermen and sightseers although the view will be filtered by the hanbars at locations on the breakwall most vulnerable to storm wave attack and overtopping," Mr Fraser said.

"The works area will be landscaped with inclusion of interpretative displays of the site's Aboriginal and European heritage."

Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries said the Eastern Breakwater repair was the single largest project in the NSW Government's Coastal Infrastructure Program and was completed four months ahead of schedule.

"The job is designed to last for 50 years, protecting over $150 million of asset in the harbour," Mr Humphries said.

Topics:  andrew fraser, coffs harbour, fm glenn, south wall



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