Member for Bega and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance, and Minister for Lands Paul Toole today announced Waterway Constructions had been awarded the marine structures contract for the Eden Breakwater Wharf Extension project.
“This fantastic project will create opportunities for local businesses once complete, including more than 80 new ongoing jobs in the tourism, hospitality and stevedoring sectors,” Mr Constance said.
“Over the next 18 months, specialist marine contractor Waterway Constructions will extend the existing wharf by some 110 metres and install five berthing dolphins and three onshore bollards on the existing wharf.
“Upgrades will also be made to existing services including lighting, power, potable water and emergency fire-fighting water and navigation aids will also be installed.
“Once complete, this project will provide access for cruise ships up to 325 metres in length to Eden so that passengers can disembark safely via the ships' gangways onto the wharf,” Mr Constance said.
Minister for Lands Paul Toole said the project will provide business and employment opportunities throughout the life of the marine structures contract.
“The community can expect to see marine plant and equipment including crane barges, material barges, piling hammers, support vessels, scuba diving crews, drill rigs and temporary works on site from March 2018.
“More than 2000 tonnes of structural steel and over 1000 tonnes of pre-cast concrete structural elements will be pre-fabricated offsite and an additional 2000 tonnes of insitu concrete will be sourced from local suppliers.
“This latest announcement demonstrates that we’re making great progress, with all construction contracts now being awarded, all statutory planning approvals in place and dredging nearing completion,” Mr Toole said.
The Department of Industry - Crown Lands is responsible for delivering the Project, which is scheduled for completion in 2019.
The Eden Wharf extension project budget is $32 million and is being managed by the NSW Government.