The Coffs Harbour North Wall is earmarked for a $2.5 million upgrade.
The Coffs Harbour North Wall is earmarked for a $2.5 million upgrade.

Residents seek answers on upgraded harbour North Wall

ADVOCATE readers are calling for answers from the State Government as to what the upgraded harbour North Wall will look like, with rising concerns the coastline view below Muttonbird Island will be blocked out under the shadow of concrete.

The least popular of four wall designs, floated by consultants GHD on behalf of Trade and Investment Crown Lands, has been selected to safeguard the marina.

The good news is that local firm FM Glenn has won a $2.5 million State Government tender to manufacture 1200 concrete hanbar blocks, but regular walkers on the wall fear the design will impact on the harbour's tourist appeal.

After the four designs were advertised in 2013, overwhelmingly Advocate readers favoured an artificial reef.

But after engineering studies, Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser confirmed the government had ruled out the reef due to it being "too costly and complex to build".

The other designs, a submerged berm, at the toe of the breakwall and a plan to rearmour the seaward slope were also ruled out.

The government says public safety is the priority and that it has engaged with the local community and harbour users to develop the most effective design for the breakwater.

So Coffs Harbour, we better enjoy the view while it lasts.

A digitally manipulated image combining the recently upgraded South Wall with the North Wall.
A digitally manipulated image combining the recently upgraded South Wall with the North Wall. Trevor Veale


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