Work to start on Coffs Harbour north wall in May

THE winning tender has been announced for construction of the $6.73million Coffs Harbour Northern Breakwater upgrade.

Haslin Constructions will next month commence work on the project that is designed to increase protection for Coffs Harbour Marina.

Work will involve widening the breakwater near the entry to the harbour and constructing a rock berm, or shelf, overlain by 12 tonne concrete armour hanbars along the 300 metre section protecting the marina.

Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said the crest of the walkway will also be raised to allow extensive views to the north and preserve pedestrian areas.

"An extension of the marina boardwalk was completed late last year and will maintain pedestrian access to Muttonbird Island while the works are being completed," he said.

The project was subject to an environmental assessment and survey of marine flora and fauna.

The discovery of the critically endangered marine brown alga Nereia lophocladia in areas of the seabed near the breakwater resulted in modifications being made to the design to reduce potential impacts on this species.

The project will be managed by NSW Public Works on behalf of DPI-Lands.

Work is expected to be completed by mid-2017, dependent on weather.

Mr Fraser said construction follows about three years of engineering investigation and collaboration between the Department of Primary Industries

"This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining local infrastructure for the public, recreational boaters, tourism operators, and fishermen that operate out of the harbour," Mr Fraser said.

Haslin Constructions beat three other shortlisted contractors - JDS Group, CTE Construction and Abergeldie Contractors.

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