Ros Parker believes the southern breakwall is deteriorating to such an extent that it is becoming dangerous to use.
Ros Parker believes the southern breakwall is deteriorating to such an extent that it is becoming dangerous to use.

South Wall ?becoming dangerous

ROS Parker despairs at the state of Coffs Harbour's southern breakwall.

She has been a regular walker along the wall since arriving here 33 years ago and loves nothing better than taking in the sea air and the stunning scenery.

Also, her husband is one of the many keen anglers who try their luck off the wall.

But Ros has noticed some unwelcome changes to the structure, thanks to the elements, and she is concerned it is becoming dangerous.

Disrepair

She says it is falling into disrepair, with many of the large blocks becoming dislodged and some falling into the water. There is at least one blocking part of the path.

The walkway is also subsiding in many places, making for a treacherous journey if you don't have your wits about you.

"You used to be able to walk along there without having to watch your step, but not any more," Ros said.

"You really have to be careful you don't fall over.

"It's going to become too dangerous to use any more and it would be a sorry day if they had to close it down, because so many people use it.

"It would be the worst thing to happen in Coffs Harbour if they closed it."

Ros also wondered about the future of the harbour if the breakwall deteriorated to such an extent that the ocean could no longer be held back.

Engineers are on the job

A Department of Lands spokeswoman said the department had engaged coastal engineers from the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory to survey the breakwater.

They will report on any changes which may have happened since the most recent aerial inspection last month.

"The department is closely monitoring the situation and any repair work will be determined by the extent of change reported by the consultants," the spokeswoman said.

"The report is expected to be completed early in the New Year."



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