Tenderer named to build Coffs Harbour 's North Wall

COFFS Harbour company FM Glenn has won the State Government tender to manufacture 1200 concrete blocks for the upgrade of the harbour's northern breakwall.

Praised for its work in manufacturing the hanbars used on the South Wall upgrade last year, FM Glenn was this week awarded the contract by Minister of Lands and Water Niall Blair.

"The new wall will increase the level of protection to people, property and boats at the Coffs Harbour marina by preventing waves overtopping the breakwater," Mr Blair said.

"FM Glenn will manufacture the concrete blocks, known as hanbars. Each weigh 12 tonnes and will eventually be placed along the northern breakwater as part of the proposed upgrade to the wall.

"The manufacture of the hanbars will take up to six months and cost $2.5 million."

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the design was being finalised with works on the breakwater scheduled to commence in early next year.

"More than 100,000 people use the northern breakwater to access Muttonbird Island every year and the works are part of the NSW Government's significant investment in regional coastal infrastructure.

"The NSW Government has engaged with the local community and harbour users to develop the most effective design for the breakwater."

Work is also getting under way soon on a $1 million replacement of the Coffs Harbour Low Level Wharf.

A contract has been awarded to Smithbridge Australia to carry out the work.

The existing wharf is over 30 years old and has reached the end of its serviceable life.

The works will directly support and benefit the local commercial fishing industry.

The new wharf is expected to be completed by the end of September.

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