Upgrade plan to provide a wall with a view

OCEAN views will not be obstructed by the $2.5 million upgrade to Coffs Harbour's northern breakwall - as long as you're taller than 150cm.

Artist impressions of the upgrade have gone some way to alleviate recent concerns that the height of the breakwall could block north-facing views between the harbour and Muttonbird Island.

Crown Lands director of infrastructure and land management Stephen Wills said the height is significantly lower than the eastern breakwall, which residents feared could be replicated in the northern section.

The walkway will be raised by 75cm between the Fish Co-op building and Muttonbird Island with the concrete block wall to be constructed 1.5m above that height.

From the beach to the Fish Co-op, the proposed height of the barrier will be 0.8m with the footpath widened, but not raised.

A new rock berm will also be constructed on the northern side of the wall as part of the upgrade.

Built at sea level, it is designed to force waves to break before they reach the wall - minimising the amount of wave energy reaching the top of the structure.

Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the key objective of the upgrade was to improve safety and efficiency.

"Over the years a number of large blocks have been washed back into the ocean and they now need to be replaced," he said.

"This is maintenance and safety improvement (and) the wall will still give you a view." Coffs Harbour construction firm FM Glenn previously won the contract to build the 1200 concrete blocks that will form the upgrade.

Four options had been considered for the project including a wave deflection barrier and a submerged artificial reef.

The project is set for completion by September next year.

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