Riverboat business booms
THE official opening of the Nambucca Visitor Information Centre Wharf yesterday marks more than three months of booming business for a Nambucca River cruise company.
Nambucca River Houseboat and River Cruises co-owner, Robert Kennedy, said more than 2000 tourists have used the service since the wharf opened to the public in November last year.
“The area has been desperate for something along these lines,” he said.
“The wharf is significant for the entire valley because it is the only jetty structure in Nambucca Heads at present.”
Mr Kennedy bought a ferry-style boat from South West Rocks in anticipation of the wharf’s construction and its completion meant he and his wife, Robyn, could begin taking bookings and launch their business.
The wharf was specifically designed with disability access which Mr Kennedy said directly benefits the community.
“A lot of our customers are aged people and we have boarded a number with wheelchairs,” he said.
The wharf cost $34,000 to build and was partly funded by the State Government’s Better Boating Program. The platform was officially opened yesterday by Hon. Kayee Griffin MLC in conjunction with the Country Labor Parliamentary Group