Ready for the next cyclone season
COFFS HARBOUR'S northern breakwall is now looking refreshed and ready to take on the worst of Mother Nature.
Work crews have just completed a $317,000 facelift to North Wall in a project which took a little over a month to complete.
A Lands Department spokeswoman said the repair job was necessary because the exposed position of the breakwall had lead to major erosion from the constant pounding action of the waves.
"Work included the casting of concrete armour units to reinforce a number of low spots on the northern breakwater," she said.
"This involved the production of 40 10-tonne cubes and 120 eight-tonne handbars. The old quarry opposite the (southern breakwall) was used to cast the units."
A 20-tonne crane loaded the units onto trucks for transfer to the North Wall, where an 80-tonne crane strategically placed them to strengthen the wall.
The Minister for Lands, Tony Kelly, considered the project was so important he recently visited Coffs Harbour and inspected the progress of the works.
The northern breakwall provides not only a safe harbour for vessels at the marina, it is also a picturesque walkway to Muttonbird Island.