Heavy seas have pushed a 50-tonne concrete block onto the South Wall.
Heavy seas have pushed a 50-tonne concrete block onto the South Wall.

Ocean surge topples block on wall

THERE'S no underestimating the power of the ocean, just as there's no underestimating the need for an upgrade to Coffs Harbour's South Wall.

A powerful southerly swell that struck the coast last week toppled a large concrete block from its standing on the wall.

Cracked in the fall the block that's thought to weigh up to 100-tonnes has almost entirely blocked the top of the wall to walkers. 

The incident justifies the State Government's recent announcement of an upgrade to the aging breakwall.

The O'Farrell Government is currently collecting tenders for businesses interested in completing the $15 million construction program over the next three years.  

"This will identify the expertise and availability in the building industry to fulfil the contact," Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said.

"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 to rearmour the wall.



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