Groyne under attack
THE 'temporary' groyne at the Coffs Harbour boat ramp was attacked this week in what appears to be yet another piece of senseless vandalism.
The groyne, made up of three 30-metre-long and 4-metre-wide sand-filled bags and 35 smaller bags, was completed only last week.
A number of the smaller bags have been slashed open, causing sand to spill out.
Stitching to close the opening of one of the larger bags has also been cut.
Coffs Harbour City Council works co-ordinator Warren Gilkinson was due to make a close inspection of the bags yesterday afternoon but confirmed the cuts appeared to be the work of a vandal.
"Someone who is unhappy with the council or something appears to have put a slit in a few of the bags," he said.
"The stitching on the big bag also appears to have been cut. It wouldn't be a result of the wave action because the other bags are okay."
The bags, many of which are exposed at low tide, cost the council a total of $44,200 and Mr Gilkinson said he estimated the small bags would have cost about $1000 each.
He estimated the stitching on the large bag would take about 90 minutes to repair but was not sure if the smaller bags could be salvaged.
"I'll get out there at low tide and see if they can be stitched together," he said.
"If they can't I don't think they will be replaced at this stage because the groyne should be all right without them."
The groyne is intended to be in place for 10-15 years while a permanent plan for the boat ramp is formulated.
It is designed to provide protection from breaking waves for boat users and to limit sand accumulation at the boat ramp entrance.