Major plans for our Harbour
AS THE groundswell builds for a significant makeover of the Jetty Foreshores, the groundwork is being laid to upgrade the harbour's aging breakwalls.
Plans are quickly turning into action to improve Coffs Harbour's standing as the only, deep water, all-weather port between Port Stephens and Brisbane.
Tenders have today opened for companies to build the $15 million upgrade of the South Wall or eastern breakwater, and planning is underway to safeguard the marina from wave surges over North Wall.
An artificial reef, with the potential to be a surfing hotspot, is one option the Department of Primary Industries is considering as the main defence stopping waves and spray overtopping the northern breakwall.
At a meeting of the Harbour Consultative Committee, stakeholders in the harbour were told other options include raising of the northern breakwater crest, construction of a concrete wall or widening the base of the wall on the oceanside.
Funding would come from the State Government's $50 million ports and harbour infrastructure fund.
News of the north wall development came as Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Infrastructure and Services Andrew Stoner called for expressions of interest to complete the major South Wall repair over the next three years.
"NSW Public Works has issued an Expression of Interest for businesses who want to supply and work on the project," Mr Stoner said.
"This will identify the expertise and availability in the building industry to fulfil the contact.
"The EOI seeks information on the availability of construction plant and capacity to supply materials, rebuild the breakwater, and complete other elements of the contract.
Project managers overseeing the South Wall rebuild estimate 20,000 tonnes of rock will be needed to restore the breakwater and 2,400 concrete blocks will form the sea wall.
Local firm FM Glen Pty Ltd has manufactured the first of 600 concrete blocks at the quarry.
As for dredging of the harbour, the departments says depths are continually monitored to ensure the inner harbour navigation channels are acceptable.
A hydrographic survey of the harbour in June, showed conditions for boating are acceptable and dredging is not immediately required.