Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water Kevin Humphries and Member for Coffs Harbor Andrew Fraser have announced that major dredging of the Coffs Harbor outer harbor has finished, with 30,000 cubic metres of sand transferred to Park Beach.
“The sand nourishment of Park Beach and dune re-profiling has also been completed,” Mr Humphries said. “Fencing and vegetation is being arranged to reduce the impacts of sand drift from Park Beach to adjoining foreshore land. The dredging cost $410,000 and was funded by the NSW Government under our commitment to maintaining safe boating access into NSW ports.”
Member for Coffs Harbor Andrew Fraser said that the dredging at the entrance to the boat harbor demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to sustainable dredging on the north coast.
“In the recent State budget the NSW Government provided $10 million for north coast dredging projects over the next four years, highlighting the importance of this work,” Mr Fraser said. “The outer harbor dredging has improved boating access to the inner harbor and marina and replenished the sand at Park Beach that was adversely affected by erosion.”
During the visit to Coffs Harbor as part of the NSW Nationals week-long Parliamentary Bus Tour of northern NSW communities, Mr Humphries and Mr Fraser also announced work on upgrading the southeast and southwest breakwaters at Coffs Harbor.
“The work involves placing additional rock to fill voids created by environmental wear and tear and to widen the breakwaters and place material on the crests to improve pedestrian access,” Mr Humphries said. “The job is expected to take up to six weeks to complete at a cost of around $350,000 funded by the NSW Government.”
Press Release, July 31, 2014