WAVE CUTS: Recent data has revealed a reduction in wave surges at the Southwall boat ramp in Coffs Harbour since it was re-modelled last year.
WAVE CUTS: Recent data has revealed a reduction in wave surges at the Southwall boat ramp in Coffs Harbour since it was re-modelled last year. Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advoc

Revamped boat ramp effective

NEW data has revealed Coffs Harbour's recently reconstructed boat ramp at the Southwall has proven effective in reducing wave surges.

A wave monitoring device was installed by Coffs Harbour City Council and Manly Hydraulics Laboratories to measure surges in the area before and after the reconstruction of the boat ramp in August last year.

A Coffs Harbour City Council spokeswoman said the first round of results collected late last year show a reduction in surges since the completion of the $1million state government-funded ramp upgrade.

Council could not provide a specific figure however it was estimated the construction would cut wave surges by about a third.

As a regular user, local angler Ian Kemmis said he has seen first hand the reduction of the waves surges coming through the boat ramp.

"The upgrade itself has done what it's supposed to do and reduce the surge except on extreme days," Mr Kemmis said.

Council said it aims to use the device to monitor surges in the boat ramp until March next year.

The $1million upgrade was provided by a grant from Roads and Maritime Services and the ramp's accompanying road upgrade was funded by Council.

Council are continuing to dredge sand at the boat ramp entrance when needed.



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